The city of Pittsfield announced that applications are now available for funding to provide human services to benefit Pittsfield residents. Funding is for the program year July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024.

Annually, the city undertakes a process through its Human Services Advisory Council (HSAC), an 11-member volunteer committee, which reviews the proposals and submits its recommendations to the mayor. Applications can be obtained from the Department of Community Development via email request to The application due date is Jan. 6, 2023.

Last year’s recommendations resulted in 22 human service programs receiving a total of $203,249 from the city general fund and from the federal Community Development Block Grant Program.

Programs and residents assisted with those funds cover a wide range of services for a diverse population. Programs include, but are not limited to, services for families with children, affordable child care vouchers, homeless services, housing stabilization programs, programs for residents with disabilities and senior citizens, and arts programs.

Community Development will be holding three bidder’s conferences to assist applicants with the application process. Conferences will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.16; 6: 30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29; and 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5. All conferences will be held via Zoom. To register for a conference please contact Nate Joyner at 499-9358 or at Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these three conferences.

In addition to submitting a written proposal, applicants will be invited to come before the council to make a presentation in February that will be televised locally. For more information, please contact Community Development at 413-499-9358.

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