Project Term: 12 months; 2018-2019
Grant Amount: $50,000
Two coalitions in Yellowstone County are tackling two of the biggest problems in the region: methamphetamine use and the lack of safe, affordable housing. The community seeks to align the work of these teams using a collective impact model. To foster efficiency and synergy the grantee will contract with one individual to oversee the coordination of start-up efforts, including stakeholder engagement, needs assessment, resource assessment, and planning. The grantee hopes that an investment in the critical building blocks of collective impact will lay the right foundation to substantially reduce methamphetamine use and to make homelessness brief, rare, and nonrecurring in Yellowstone County. Partners currently include health care organizations, behavioral health treatment providers, nonprofits working on homelessness and substance abuse prevention and treatment, criminal justice, and law enforcement.