Helena Resource Advocates
The Helena Housing Authority Application is now available online. Click here to learn more.
Meetings are held at 3PM every second Tuesday of the month. Locations are TBD. To join the HRA mailing list, contact the United Way at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome!
Info on Housing and Homelessness, Food Secutity, Mental Health, Transit and More
Right now, the Helena Resource Advocates Coalition is working to address homelessness in our region and the lack of adequate affordable, safe, quality housing for both our dynamic workforce and our most vulnerable residents.
Here are some resources to help outline the current state of the gaps, needs, and potential of housing in Helena:
- 2010 Helena Housing Needs Assessment
- 2011 City of Helena Growth Policy: Housing
- 2016 L&C Co Sequential Intercept Mapping Report – Final
- State Coordinated Entry and Assessment Plan
Other papers, studies, and useful websites:
- 2016 – The Very Poor and the Affordability of Housing
- 2016 HUD Report on Community Re-entry and Public Housing Authorities
- The Homeless Hub – academic articles, white papers, policy suggestions, blogs, and great examples of how communities across North America are addressing homelessness
Past Meeting Notes and Other Useful Community Information
There are scores of great organizations making resources available to the community. Here are the details of some of those programs:
- St Peter’s Hospital Intensive Outpatient Program
- The Salvation Army Transitional Living Program
- Good Samaritan Ministries Assistance Programs
- Helena Housing Authority Info. You can submit an application online at HHAMT.org.
We are making available, to those interested, the notes from our General Membership HRA meetings. We invite you to participate in this monthly opportunity to share information, meet people you interact with in the community, and work together to address housing, mental health, transit, food security, and other quality-of-life and basic-needs issues facing our communities. We meet on the second Monday of every month, 3:00-4:00 p.m., usually at Helena Indian Alliance (501 Euclid Ave).
HRA Meeting Notes, 2016
Continuum of Care-specific Information
The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a specific program run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CoC’s purpose is to encourage local organizations to work effectively together to address housing and homelessness. You can learn more about the federal CoC program here.
Our local CoC is the Helena Resource Advocates Leadership Team. We are providing recent CoC discussion notes here. If you are interested in learning more, please call 406-442-4360.
Point-in-Time Homeless Survey
Each year the point in time homeless survey is conducted on one night in January. This counts the number of homeless within our community at that given time. This count is used to calculate funding to programs that assist in transitional living programs for that population.
In 2016 in the greater Helena area, approximately 435 individuals were counted as experiencing homelessness. This includes children, families, veterans, men and women young and old. view the results.
2016 Point-in-Time Survey
Helena Independent Record: Homeless without a Home
Helena Independent Record: Community Support Sought to Eliminate Homelessness in Helena
Helena Independent Record: The faces of homelessness: two god’s love residents share
Helena Independent Record: Volunteers Sought to help Count the Homeless
We administer and analyze data from the annual Point-in-Time Survey of Homelessness in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties. In 2016, we administered and analyzed data from our first summer point-in-time survey, as well. Some of the data are included here.
- 2015 Point-in-Time Results
- 2016 Point-in-Time Results
- 2016 summer Point-in-Time Results forthcoming
- 2017 Point-in-Time survey: Thursday, January 26