Second Avenue Commons, a homeless shelter that opened last week in Downtown Pittsburgh, is already at capacity, officials said. “We’re now into the overflow space, which is the cafeteria that’s downstairs,” said Dan Palka, Allegheny Health Network’s director of urban health and street medicine. Palka is collaborating with the city on homeless outreach and other community initiatives. AHN is one of several partners that worked to bring Second Avenue Commons to fruition.
The year-round shelter, which opened Nov. 22, has 90 beds with room for 30 additional overflow beds. There are 43 single-room units. The shelter also offers a daytime program, known as the Engagement Center, and a primary care clinic operated by UPMC.