2104 Industrial Drive, Bozeman -Corner of Griffin and Industrial
The Warming Center is a seasonal shelter offering an alternative to the cold Montana winters. Created in partnership with the Greater Gallatin Homeless Action Coalition the Warming Center is a part of the HRDC’s Housing First Program and has been a part of our community since 2010.
The Warming Center offers shelter to anyone in need. Families with children, youth, single adults and couples are welcome. Separate sleeping areas are provided.
The Center is open 7 pm—7 am -7 days per week
Trained staff and volunteers are on-site at all times during operating hours.
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. A very grateful thank you all of you.
Want to help?
The Warming Center is in need of volunteers to assist staff during operating hours, groups to assist staff in cleaning and maintaining the facility, laundry services and more…click here or contact Adam at 585-4896.
The Warming Center is funded 100% by this community. To learn more about how you can contribute to the Warming Center click here or contact Kristin at 585-4877.
Are you up for a CHALLENGE? A local donor has issued a challenge grant to raise funds for the Warming Center to learn more click here!
Warming Center – Background Information
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, existing across the country.
Emergency Shelter exists within our community in very limited fashions: Services include HAVEN, for female victims of domestic violence (and their children); Hope House, for individuals suffering severe mental health crises, capped at a 5 day stay; Family Promise, for employable families, capped at 3 families (maximum 15 participants) for a duration of 90 days. HRDC operates programs that assist families in obtaining permanent housing, and has recently been awarded new grant funds to provide further transitional housing opportunities within the community. Despite the existing services HRDC is unable to immediately serve everyone experiencing homelessness. Housing workshops are offered twice weekly in Bozeman and once weekly in Livingston to provide resources and case management services for those who are currently experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless (current eviction notice).
Further, HRDC has provided homeless placement services (security deposit, rental assistance, case management services, housing search assistance) to more than 600 households within the last fiscal year. Each of these households was at risk of losing or without housing at the time they reached out to HRDC for assistance. They were each ineligible for existing shelter services available within the community.
GGHAC’s mission is to prevent any loss of life within our community due to the elements 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 2010 fall 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 been responsible for all operations of the Warming Center facility for the last three years.