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A Look Inside Pittsfield’s New Emergency Homeless Shelter

A long building with a real estate sign and a large trash container outside of it sits off a long sidewalk
Josh Landes
The former St. Joseph High School building in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on Maplewood Avenue

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new emergency homeless shelter is up and running in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Jay Sacchetti is the senior vice president of shelter and housing for ServiceNet, the Western Massachusetts mental health and human services provider managing the temporary housing inside the former St. Joseph High School building on Maplewood Avenue. The organization already runs shelters like Barton’s Crossing and Our Friends House in Pittsfield. Sacchetti spoke with WAMC about what’s going on inside the shelter, and the measures ServiceNet is taking to make sure its occupants are healthy.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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