Safe Shelter

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The City of Missoula and Missoula County are working with our community partners to help people experiencing homelessness in our community and to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. Homelessness is complex, and achieving meaningful outcomes requires a creative, multi-faceted approach. City and County government have allocated staff time and funding to address this issue. Click the “subscribe” button on this page to get notifications on our progress, and submit comments via the tools on this page or by attending any of our upcoming meetings listed in key dates.

Operation Shelter

The City of Missoula and Missoula County created a team to identify and vet potential locations for community members currently camping near Reserve Street and elsewhere in the community. The team presented a report and their recommendations during a July 8 public meeting. The City and County then used funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to hire a temporary staff member to research operational and logistical needs for potential sites, including necessary sanitation, security and staffing.

Authorized Camping Site

The Authorized Camping Site is located on Clark Fork Lane, near Garden City Compost, and opens January 18, 2022. The City, County and local partners will work with people camping near the Reserve Street bridge, in parks, and other public places to relocate to the new site or find alternate housing solutions to meet their needs. We will collaborate with our partners who have built trusting relationships with unhoused community members to help ensure the transition is as smooth and compassionate as possible. The Authorized Camping Site has 40 camping spaces, with up to four people allowed in each space. Residents bring their own tents and supplies. The site is equipped with bathrooms, water, fire pits, and trash and recycling services. This site will also allow residents to bring their pets.

Temporary Safe Outdoor Space

Missoula’s Temporary Safe Outdoor Space is a safe, healthy, secure, staffed (24/7) environment on private land that serves – with dignity – up to 40 individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic who are not accessing existing services or resources. The Missoula TSOS offers people experiencing homelessness a safe space during the pandemic, links them to appropriate, sustainable housing resources and provides a safe and reliable location for case managers and service providers to reach their clients. The TSOS will not remain at its current location in the long-term. Finding a new location for the site is one of the priorities in the Operation Shelter project outlined above.

FAQ: Missoula Temporary Safe Outdoor Space

Emergency Winter Shelter

The City of Missoula, with support from Missoula County, has operated an Emergency Winter Shelter program the past three winters in collaboration with the Poverello Center and the Salvation Army. The Missoula City Council and the County commissioners are committed to preventing winter deaths of residents simply because of lack of shelter. The program runs Nov. 1 through April, as needs dictate. Winter shelter this year will again be at the City-owned building at 1919 North Ave. W., which can sleep 150 people, provide 24-hour shelter and accommodate serving one hot meal daily. Being a good neighbor is a top priority for both the City and its contractor the Poverello Center. Both are aware of the successes and the problems in the neighborhood last winter. This year, the City will contract with private security to help keep the neighborhood safe, and we have a resource list for neighbors.

The City of Missoula and Missoula County are working with our community partners to help people experiencing homelessness in our community and to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place. Homelessness is complex, and achieving meaningful outcomes requires a creative, multi-faceted approach. City and County government have allocated staff time and funding to address this issue. Click the “subscribe” button on this page to get notifications on our progress, and submit comments via the tools on this page or by attending any of our upcoming meetings listed in key dates.

Operation Shelter

The City of Missoula and Missoula County created a team to identify and vet potential locations for community members currently camping near Reserve Street and elsewhere in the community. The team presented a report and their recommendations during a July 8 public meeting. The City and County then used funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to hire a temporary staff member to research operational and logistical needs for potential sites, including necessary sanitation, security and staffing.

Authorized Camping Site

The Authorized Camping Site is located on Clark Fork Lane, near Garden City Compost, and opens January 18, 2022. The City, County and local partners will work with people camping near the Reserve Street bridge, in parks, and other public places to relocate to the new site or find alternate housing solutions to meet their needs. We will collaborate with our partners who have built trusting relationships with unhoused community members to help ensure the transition is as smooth and compassionate as possible. The Authorized Camping Site has 40 camping spaces, with up to four people allowed in each space. Residents bring their own tents and supplies. The site is equipped with bathrooms, water, fire pits, and trash and recycling services. This site will also allow residents to bring their pets.

Temporary Safe Outdoor Space

Missoula’s Temporary Safe Outdoor Space is a safe, healthy, secure, staffed (24/7) environment on private land that serves – with dignity – up to 40 individuals experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic who are not accessing existing services or resources. The Missoula TSOS offers people experiencing homelessness a safe space during the pandemic, links them to appropriate, sustainable housing resources and provides a safe and reliable location for case managers and service providers to reach their clients. The TSOS will not remain at its current location in the long-term. Finding a new location for the site is one of the priorities in the Operation Shelter project outlined above.

FAQ: Missoula Temporary Safe Outdoor Space

Emergency Winter Shelter

The City of Missoula, with support from Missoula County, has operated an Emergency Winter Shelter program the past three winters in collaboration with the Poverello Center and the Salvation Army. The Missoula City Council and the County commissioners are committed to preventing winter deaths of residents simply because of lack of shelter. The program runs Nov. 1 through April, as needs dictate. Winter shelter this year will again be at the City-owned building at 1919 North Ave. W., which can sleep 150 people, provide 24-hour shelter and accommodate serving one hot meal daily. Being a good neighbor is a top priority for both the City and its contractor the Poverello Center. Both are aware of the successes and the problems in the neighborhood last winter. This year, the City will contract with private security to help keep the neighborhood safe, and we have a resource list for neighbors.

  • Learn More and Comment on Emergency Winter Shelter

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    City staff will take a contract with the Poverello Center for operation of the Emergency Winter Shelter at Johnson Street to the Missoula City Council on Oct. 6, where it will be discussed in the Administration and Finance Committee. The City Council will take the contract under final consideration at their Oct. 18 meeting. There will be a virtual neighborhood meeting on Oct. 12, and we'll add participation details as soon as they are available. Finally, there will be an open house at the Johnson Street Community Center, 1919 North Ave. W., Oct. 28 from 4-7 p.m., so residents can view the facility. The shelter will begin operations in November. You can also share your comments, questions, and ideas on this page.

  • Public Meeting September 16

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    County staff will present an update on Operation Shelter to the county commissioners during their administrative public meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. The update will focus on the authorized camping site located off Clark Fork Lane in west Missoula. This site will serve as a an alternative to unauthorized camping below the Reserve Street Bridge and other areas of the community.

    The authorized camping site will provide minimal services. Services will include trash removal, bathrooms and security, and the site also will be fenced. Costs will be paid with federal funding the County and City received through the American Rescue Plan Act and other federal programs. Staff will provide more details on logistics and operations of the site during Thursday’s update.

    Staff are still working on an alternative location for the Temporary Safe Outdoor Space that is currently located south of Missoula near Buckhouse Bridge. Staff will present details on a proposal for that at a later date.

    Thursday's meeting will be held in the Sophie Moiese Room of the Missoula County Courthouse Annex, and participants will also have the option to join remotely via Microsoft Teams.

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