Emergency Winter Shelter

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Emergency Winter Shelter

The City of Missoula, Missoula County and the Poverello Center are working together to provide an expanded emergency winter shelter program. The Johnson Street Community Center will be a new, temporary 24/7 shelter for this season. The Poverello Center’s trained, professional staff will operate the shelter from Nov. 1 through next March 31. At its location at 1919 North Ave. W., it will serve one hot meal every day, with sack lunches available throughout the day. It will be staffed every day around the clock.

Clients can stay at the Johnson Street shelter through daytime hours or

Emergency Winter Shelter

The City of Missoula, Missoula County and the Poverello Center are working together to provide an expanded emergency winter shelter program. The Johnson Street Community Center will be a new, temporary 24/7 shelter for this season. The Poverello Center’s trained, professional staff will operate the shelter from Nov. 1 through next March 31. At its location at 1919 North Ave. W., it will serve one hot meal every day, with sack lunches available throughout the day. It will be staffed every day around the clock.

Clients can stay at the Johnson Street shelter through daytime hours or access daytime services at the Poverello Center. This means that people using the shelter have a safe, warm place to stay during days and nights. The staff will do all they can to make the shelter a good neighbor.

Community Needs

The Missoula County commissioners, Missoula’s mayor and members of the Missoula City Council have heard from community members who feel it’s everyone’s responsibility to help those in need during our cold winters. And they agree. For the past two winters, City and County leaders have supported an emergency winter shelter program operated by the Poverello Center at its facility on West Broadway. It has operated in conjunction with a satellite shelter at the Salvation Army on Russell Street.

Additional Challenges

With COVID-19 social distancing protocols in place, these spaces will not sleep enough people to fill the need. COVID-19 has created challenges for all of us. While as a community we are doing our best to adapt, some of our neighbors are more at risk as we approach winter. We all need to have safe and warm places. Now, Missoula faces a short supply of shelter and essentially no rental vacancies.

With COVID restrictions, the Poverello Center sleeps 88 people. The Johnson Street shelter will have the capacity to provide overnight shelter for 150. Beginning Nov. 1, the Poverello will move to its low-barrier policy at its West Broadway shelter. That allows people to stay based on their behaviors, not on a sobriety measure. The Poverello Center has more than 40 years of experience serving individuals experiencing homelessness, including those experiencing chronic homelessness with complex barriers to stable housing.

Funding

The program is operated by the Poverello Center by contract with the City. It is financed through CDBG-CV Funds (federal Community Development Block Grant entitlement funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development specifically to support COVID-19 mitigation) in the amount of $339,947 and $50,000 each from the City and County. These are one-time-only funds for this season only in response to the pandemic.

We know that people will have questions and concerns about this shelter, its operations and neighborhood impacts. We want to hear them and respond as quickly and adequately as we can.

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    Where is this new homeless camp going to be

    Yeti15 asked 5 months ago

    Thanks for sending in your question. The Emergency Winter Shelter is located at 1919 North Ave W. in Missoula, MT and is serviced by Mountain Line bus routes 2 and 8. The shelter is already open and will remain open through March 31, 2021. It’s open 24/7 for warming shelter as well as overnight stays. Please let us know if you have further questions, or find more information on the Engage Missoula page (https://www.engagemissoula.com/emergency-winter-shelter).