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Allegheny County’s first season with two ‘low-barrier’ shelters included wintry mix of problems and challenges, accounts and emails show

The longstanding Smithfield winter shelter is one of two “low-barrier” facilities — joined by the new Second Avenue Commons — that opened in Pittsburgh this winter to provide people experiencing homelessness with warm spaces to sleep without cumbersome entry requirements.  Emails show staff concerns with security and conditions at Second Avenue Commons, while users of both shelters mulled the pros and cons of very different shelters.