FORMER ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL TO OPEN AS A HOMELESS SHELTER
TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST, 2020
Mayor Tyer has announced that the former St. Joseph’s High School will open it’s doors to the homeless of Pittsfield this week.
Originally, Tyer had said that shuttered school would be solely for homeless people in isolation or quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, according to The Berkshire Eagle, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) later decided to use a city hotel for medical isolation purposes.
ServiceNet, which owns and operates Barton’s Crossing, will use funds from the Berkshire United Way, including a $25,000 grant, to staff the St. Joe location, which will be open 24-hours. The company and Mayor Tyer are also hopeful that there will be additional support from MEMA as well.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier told the paper that she has been concerned about overcrowding at local shelters since the coronavirus crisis began and credits city leaders for working with MEMA on it.