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Samaritan House, a Kalispell homeless shelter, converted its  day-time cafeteria into a 20-bed dormitory as part of its efforts to help area homeless people shelter in place during Montana’s stay-at-home orders. The shelter closed June 12, 2020.
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Services for homeless people in the Flathead Valley that ramped up during Montana’s stay-at-home order are now winding down as the state reopens. An emergency homeless shelter in Kalispell closed down Friday.

A snapshot of homelessness in the U.S. for 01/31/2019.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock extended the state’s stay-at-home directive for today until April 24. But that’s no easy ask for people with nowhere to isolate. Nick Mott reports on what the pandemic means for people experiencing homelessness in Montana.

Lack Of Money Could Close Montana Warming Shelters
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An organization that runs warming centers for people experiencing homelessness in Bozeman and Livingston says it needs thousands of dollars in community donations, or they may have to close their doors during winter.

This Saturday, athletes from Billings’ three public high schools will work together to raise money and awareness for a group of their fellow students.

Young people who’ve experienced homelessness in Montana feel like they often fall through the cracks of programs designed to help kids fleeing abusive homes or needing a place to stay. Stock photo.
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Young people who’ve experienced homelessness in Montana feel like they often fall through the cracks of programs designed to help kids fleeing abusive homes or needing a place to stay.

"I didn’t have any support or anybody to turn to when I was homeless, so that was a big struggle."

Survey Shows Montana's Homeless Population Dropping

Apr 1, 2019
Chronic Homelessness by Region in Montana.
Courtesy Missoula Housing Authority

The first ever statewide conference on homelessness is happening in Helena today and tomorrow. More than 75 organizations from across Montana are meeting.

Jim McGrath, with the Missoula Housing Authority presented a graph showing some positive trend data about the number of homeless people here since 2005.

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Friday is the winter solstice, marking the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. In communities across Montana, there’s also a tradition of honoring homeless persons who have died on the solstice.

Mara Hanks

A nonprofit in Kalispell is trying to get a hundred people to sleep outside Saturday to raise money and awareness about youth homelessness.

United Way of Missoula County CEO, Susan Hay Patrick.
Edward O'Brien

Dozens of homeless Missoulians are now pre-qualified for a federal rental assistance program. The problem is, there’s a dearth of available rentals in Missoula’s red-hot housing market.

Single mom Julie Barrett and her three kids were very familiar with the problem. They were homeless for over a year. That changed in December after Barrett enrolled her family in what’s called a Shelter Plus Care rental voucher. That decision landed the Barrett’s a new rental home this past December.

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In recent years, Montana’s fastest-growing city, Bozeman, has also seen a rise in the number of people who are homeless. Expensive housing and stagnant wages may be to blame.

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