Housed Great Falls 501(c)3 is launching its plans to build a “tiny-home” transitional shelter community in Great Falls, MT. We will be raising funds to acquire at least 1/3 acre of land, 20 single occupancy shelters, service office, bathrooms and laundry, and community center. The site will be fenced and have controlled access through a main entrance. We are hopeful in raising $1.5 million project startup funds with launch pending funding in 2 years. We estimate $400,000 in yearly operating expenses which will cover 2-3 daily meals, 24/hour front desk attendant and case-management to support individuals in securing documents, navigating transition to housing, social services, and job assistance.Operating costs also includes other typical business expenses. Each individual shelter will cost $13,000 post upgrades of electricity, climate control, extra insulation for those cold Montana winters, and shipping. We will be using the transitional shelter products of a company called Pallet. Individuals served will include our unhoused and unsheltered community members in Great Falls!
Housed Great Falls is a grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 2022 to provide targeted services and infrastructure to serve Great Falls’ unhoused and unsheltered community members. Through the development of a transitional community and wrap-around onsite case-management, and goods and services, we intend to limit the effects of homelessness in Great Falls, Montana. Unsheltered individuals are those who, for a variety of reasons, do not or cannot utilize shelter services while chronically unhoused individuals are defined as individuals who experience multiple and/or lengthy episodes of homelessness. Housed Great Falls is made up of compassionate community members whose common purpose is building relationship, trust, and community those with unsheltered and chronically unhoused individuals in Great Falls, Montana.
A generous donor is matching donations up to 30,000 towards the Housed Great Falls transitional shelter project. We have $21,000 left to raise to meet the full match. Please consider partnering with us too!
Check out Pallet to get an idea about what this could look like. https://palletshelter.com
In the mean time, we have organized a Cold Weather Drop-In where community members can get a hot meal and get out of the elements during chilly evenings hosted at the First United Methodist Church. In the 16 days we were open in January, we saw average attendance almost 24 guests per night.
Follow Housed Great Falls and contact us on Facebook for updates and opportunities to learn more about the project. Tax deductible donations can also be sent to PO Box 3592, Great Falls, MT 59403.