City seeks proposals for Human Services

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, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

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 at the city’s Department of Community Development at City Hall or by email request to jdodds@cityofpittsfield.org.

Last year’s recommendations resulted in 22 human service programs receiving a total of $206,250 from the city’s general fund and from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Programs and consumers assisted by those funds cover a range of services for diverse populations. Initiatives include but are not limited to: services for families with children, homeless services, programs for the disabled and senior citizens, nutrition and arts programs, and programs that benefit children in the Westside and Morningside neighborhoods.

The Department of 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. 13; 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18; and 6:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 21 in City Hall in Room 203.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of these three conferences. The application due date is Jan. 3, 2020.

In addition to submitting a written proposal, applicants will be invited to come before the Human Services Advisory Council to make a presentation in February that will be televised locally.

For further information, please contact Community Development at 499-9358.