Project Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $60,000
For this project, Saint James Healthcare, in partnership with Action, Inc. and with the guidance of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, developed a plan that uses data integration and hospital analysis along with community resources and program coordination to drive investments in supportive housing. Supportive housing was designed to serve the population that is most likely to be homeless or near homeless, and who face health obstacles including mental illness and substance use disorders. The project’s goal was to give community service providers guidance in identifying cost-effective ways to improve outcomes for vulnerable people by providing supportive services and secure housing. Throughout the course of the grant, the project accomplished several significant milestones including: 1) identifying and bringing together stakeholders to address chronic homelessness, 2) developing collaborative needs assessments among stakeholders to define the scope of the problem of chronic homelessness in Butte, 3) identifying 19 unique individuals in the Butte area who are frequent users of existing public safety resources and who could benefit most from the project’s supportive housing services, 4) compiling economic data on the costs of chronic homelessness and frequent systems utilizers in Butte, and 5) and partnering with the Corporation for Supportive Housing to finalize a plan to implement a new strategy to address chronic homelessness in Butte.