Homelessness

Volunteers stand ready to check in the expected 600 visitors at this year's Project Homeless Connect in Kalispell
Corin Cates-Carney

 [Update - 06/18/15:  This is the 5th annual Project Homeless Connect in the Flathead, not the 6th year as we said in an earlier version of the story.]

Hundreds of people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless got some welcome assistance at the Flathead County Fairgrounds Wednesday.

Courtesy Montana Legislature

Montana lawmakers moved a step closer Wednesday to making sure that mentally ill people have somewhere to go before they’re discharged from the state hospital.

Missoula Democrat Ellie Boldman Hill thinks a homeless shelter is not the place to send a person who’s just been released from psychiatric treatment, but that’s what often happens in Montana.

“In 2014, 23 of those folks that were admitted to Warm Springs, Warm Springs discharged into our communities directly into homelessness,” according to Hill.

Billings Tackling Homelessness

Oct 30, 2014
Brian Talbot (CC-BY-NC 2.0)

Homelessness is an issue in several Montana cities and towns. They’re using different strategies to address it.

This week, Billings is working on a new approach. It’s holding a summit on homelessness, and invited experts from San Diego and San Antonio to offer advice.

Clay Scott

A middle-aged woman with grown children left a bad relationship to start her life over in Missoula, Montana. Within a couple of weeks she found herself living in a homeless shelter. She got back on her feet through the generosity of strangers, and now works for a non-profit that deals with homelessness.

1/22/2014 - Don Schonenbeck shares his perspective on a lifetime of wandering, and on the circumstances that led to his homelessness.

http://www.prx.org/pieces/109755-i-ain-t-leavin-my-road-dog-a-montana-man-s-perspe