Housing First Initiatives

We believe everybody deserves a safe place to call home

The Housing First initiative, a part of the Human Resource Development Council, is the purposeful collaboration of existing and new housing programs which address the increasing issue of homelessness in Southwest Montana.  This initiative provides strategic housing services including temporary shelter, transitional housing, homelessness prevention and placement, and extensive case management.  The participating staff share a coordinated assessment and are able to pool case management services to aid participants in achieving self-sufficiency and housing stability.

Housing First is the result of community and partner planning and collaboration and has proven to be a successful in impacting housing stability within our service area.  A blended mix of funding streams has provided sustainability as well as flexibility in program offerings available to men, women, and families experiencing homelessness, allowing Housing First to work towards narrowing the gaps in community services.

 

Warming Center:

The Warming Center offers seasonal shelter to anyone in need- families with children, single adults, and couples are welcome.  Separate sleeping areas are provided. Trained staff and volunteers are on-site at all times during operating hours.The Warming Center is located at 2104 Industrial Drive in Bozeman (corner of Griffin and Industrial).  The Center is open 7 pm—7 am 7 days per week during the winter months. Check-in is from 7-11 pm.

Created in partnership with the Greater Gallatin Homeless Action Coalition, the Warming Center is a part of HRDC’s Housing First Program and has been a part of our community since 2010.

 Please click here to see all of the volunteer opportunities waiting for you at the Warming Center.

Showers and Day Storage are now available year-round at the Warming Center on the following days and times:

Mondays: 9:00am – 11:00am
Thursdays: 9:00am – 11:00am
Saturdays: 9:00am – 11:00am

On Mondays and Thursdays, HRDC’s Galavan will provide transportation to ensure our community has access to this important service.  Riders must meet at the Streamline Downtown Transfer Station at 10:00am located on Mendenhall Street and the time listed below.

Showers are made possible by the following community partners:
United Methodist Church, Community Health Partners, 7th Day Adventist Church, St. James Episcopal Church, Greater Gallatin United Way, The Help Center, Journey Church, and many dedicated community volunteers.

The Warming Center  is made possible by all of you!  A special thanks to the dedicated people who work year round to raise funds and donate their time and talents  to get the facility up and running each season.

Emergency Shelter: In the past year over 200 unique individuals were provided 4,891 shelter stays during the Warming Center’s operational season

  • Cost per shelter stay was $48.
  • One in five guests were female
  • 4% of guests were seniors aged 55 years or more
  • 13% of guests were veterans
  • 17% reported not having completed a High School Diploma or GED
  • 63% of participants were experiencing a disabling condition (i.e. chronic health, developmental, mental health, substance abuse)
  • 25% of guests were chronically homeless (having experienced more than 1 year of continuous homelessness or more than 3 episodes in past four years AND have a disabling condition, and increase of 22% from last year)
  • Average length of stay was 46 days
  • Three families with children under the age of 18 stayed at the center
  • More than 60 community volunteers gave their time overnight to help keep operating costs low

 

Warming Center History

The Greater Gallatin Homeless Action Coalition (GGHAC) was formed to network and create a community strategic plan to address homelessness within our community.  The Coalition was formed under the ‘Continuum of Care’ model that exists across the country.

GGHAC and the Warming Center’s mission is to prevent any loss of life due to the elements within our community by providing a facility with heat and plumbing available to all populations.  GGHAC’s mission is also to document the need and utilization of a warming center facility, combined with specific demographics of those who participate in order to effectively advise the community of how to best focus its resources to serve the ‘homeless’ population regardless of age or circumstance.

Thus, during a fall 2010 GGHAC meeting, a committee was established to look at a short-term, immediate response to the need for ‘a warm place’ for someone to seek shelter.  The Warming Center committee and HRDC have since been responsible for operations of the Warming Center facility.

The Warming Center is funded 100% by the community.   To contribute, click below or Contact Kristin at (406)-585-4877.

Transitional Housing

Our transitional housing programs provide individuals and families with safe and supportive housing coupled with intensive case management services. By engaging in weekly case management services, participants will outline and work towards self-sufficiency and permanent, stable housing.

Transition in Place – Eligible families work with staff to lease a home in the community for up to 1 year and take over the lease upon completion of the program

Carriage House – Two bedroom units for individuals or families for up to 2 years

How to Apply for Transitional Housing Assistance:

Interested families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness can begin the application process with a services navigator on a walk-in basis Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm at our Bozeman office. Households who meet basic eligibility criteria will be connected with a case manager.  Appointments can also be made at our Livingston office Tuesday through Friday from 9am – 3pm.

Please bring as much of the following as possible:

• PROOF OF HOUSING STATUS – Confirmation of homelessness or a written eviction notice from your landlord.

• IDENTIFICATION FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS – Picture ID’s for adults and Social Security Cards for children are required.

• DOCUMENTATION OF INCOME – Explanation of your financial situation.

After you have all the above information gathered, please attend HRDC’s Resource Orientation to determine your household’s eligibility.

Landlords: Click here to download the Landlord Request Form

The Home to Stay Program is available to customers outside of Bozeman and Livingston through outreach efforts – contact our main office at 587-4486 for more information.

Transitional Housing Programs

Transitional housing programs provide longer term assistance to those experiencing homelessness with significant barriers to permanent housing.  Transition in Place provides homeless families and individuals up to one year of subsidized housing paired with intensive case management services.  Utilizing a rapid re-housing approach households are supported in securing housing as quickly as possible, while putting in place long term supports to ensure sustainability for the family.  Carriage House provides transitional housing to families or individuals for up to two years while households work with case managers.  Our new Canterbury House program, in partnership with St. James Episcopal Church will provide a safe and sober living environment to women experiencing homelessness in our community.

Transitional Housing: In the past year 31 Households, comprised of 45 individuals received transitional housing assistance

  • 44% female participants, 56% male, 22% under the age of 18
  • 18% were seniors aged 55 years or more
  • 12% were Veterans
  • 38% reported they did not have health insurance
  • 63% of participants were experiencing a disabling condition (i.e. chronic health, developmental, mental health, substance abuse)
  • Of those who have exited the program, 67% have moved into their own permanent housing

Emergency Rental Assistance: In the past year 602 households comprised of 978 persons came to HRDC’s office to inquire about help with securing or maintaining their housing; Housing First was able to provide one on one case management services to 386 of those families.

  • 61% of households were experiencing homelessness (an increase of nearly 10%), 24% were in danger of losing their home and 13% were precariously housed (motel, doubled up with family, etc.) and at risk of homelessness
  • 41% reported a disabled household member (this is a 15% increase from last year)
  • 17% reported not having completed a High School Diploma or GED
  • 37% reported that they did not have health insurance
  • 54% of customers were families with children (71% single parent, 29% two parent, overall increase in number of families with children experiencing housing crisis was 22%)
  • 11% of those served were seniors;
  • 45 Households received financial rental assistance in the amount of $49,853. The average amount of rental assistance was $554.
  • 40% of households exited the program as stably housed (31% of homeless households, 89% of prevention households) the number of households able to exit to permanent housing increasing to nearly 100% when they receive rental assistance funding.

 

Housing First Village

HRDC is proud to partner with St. James Episcopal Church and the MSU School of Architecture to provide a safe and sustainable transitional housing community for Bozeman’s chronically homeless, empowering them to focus on reintegration into community living.

The Housing First Village, HRDC’s newest initiative, aims to provide transformative housing to Bozeman’s chronically homeless. The number of homeless, and the length of time of their homeless has been increasing in our community, however, the options available to support the homeless in getting back into housing are more limited. The Warming Center, which provides seasonal temporary shelter is reaching capacity. In addition, several consistent years of a virtually zero percent vacancy rate in rental housing makes it more challenging for our chronically homeless Warming Center guests to use existing rapid- re-housing resources to support the transition into permanent housing.

Targeted towards the homeless population that is most at-risk, this safe and sustainable model is designed to support successful reintegration into community living and permanent housing. The single user “tiny” homes or shelters would provide a cost effective way to address the growing issue of homelessness, while maintain the autonomy and dignity of the resident. Utilizing best practices from around the nation, this model is based on the “Housing First” philosophy which limits the barriers to entry into the Village, while providing supportive services, such as mental health, addiction services etc., available to residents once they have secured housed.

This innovative concept would provide another resources in the continuum of housing services already provided by HRDC and community partners to address the issue of homelessness in our community. Central to the success of this model is a resource hub, which we hope will include an onsite health/medical mini-clinic, a mental health counselor/support and a services navigator/coordinator on site. In addition there would be dedicated spaces onsite for community providers such as addiction services, job and employment support, budget and financial coaching, etc.

This idea was brought to HRDC by Project Coordinator Connie Campbell-Pearson, a deacon at St. James Episcopal Church. Her passion for providing a dignified solution of homelessness in our community is already bringing various sectors of the community together. A partnership with MSU School of Architecture has supported senior and graduate level architecture students to research best practices in the “tiny shelter” model, and develop and actually construct demonstration projects. By bringing different sectors of our community together, we can work to support our homeless neighbors find a place to call home.

 

Each tiny home can be successfully and efficiently built for $10,000.

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