Local

Second Avenue Commons low-barrier shelter finally opens downtown

PITTSBURGH — The Second Avenue Commons, a long-awaited low-barrier shelter located at 700 Second Ave. downtown, has finally opened.

It opened officially at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Currently, according to a release from Allegheny County, the shelter is open for overnight shelter up to capacity. The shelter has 95 beds, with capacity for 30 additional overflow beds. At 9 a.m. on Nov. 23, the first-floor day program will open for walk-in support, as will the primary care clinic operated by UPMC.

The shelter also offers 43 single-room occupancy units on the floors above the shelter space. These rooms are not currently available on a walk-in basis, as outreach workers have been interacting directly with individuals experiencing homelessness to carry out assessments. The county said that individuals began moving into these units late last week.

Read more at Pittsburgh Business Times.