Project Term: 24 months; 2019-2021
Grant Amount: $100,000
This project will create permanent supportive housing for people with complex medical needs who are experiencing chronic homelessness in Butte. The project will enroll at least five participants by the end of the first year of the grant. Participants will receive scattered site housing supported by homeless preference voucher programs, housing and mental health case management, and comprehensive health and mental health services. The project will expand to serve another five individuals in the second year of the grant and will develop a long-term sustainability plan to support ongoing operations. Grant funds will be used to train existing community agency staff and develop initial supportive housing services. Additional funding from public and private sources will ensure the availability of housing units for the program’s long-term use. Partners includes members of the Southwest Montana Continuum of Care Coalition (which includes St. James Healthcare, Action Inc., the Public Housing Authority of Butte, and the Southwest Montana Community Health Center). Ultimately, the project seeks to improve health outcomes for the individuals served and reduce the costs of providing medical, corrections, and other services to this population.