Helena Resource Advocates

A Quick Guide to Helena-Area Resources

The Helena Housing Authority Application is now available online. Click here to learn more.

2016 Meetings

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 info@unitedway.lca.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:

Other papers, studies, and useful websites:

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:

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.

Point-in-Time data for the entire state (limited to HUD-specific definitions of homelessness) can be found here. Point-in-Time estimates for homelessness in the U.S. can be found here.