According to the 2019 Continuum of Care point-in-time survey, Montana had an estimated 1,357 individuals experiencing homelessness on any given day. Of that number, 136 were families, 205 were Veterans, and 228 were chronically homeless.
Of the total number of homeless in Montana, 26% were living on the streets, and nearly 74% were living in shelters.
Public school data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that 320 students in Montana were living in shelters, while 346 spent time unsheltered over the course of the 2017-2018 school year.
The Cost of Homelessness:
- Based on service utilization, the estimated cost for serving one homeless person for one year in Billings is $15,534. (City of Billings).
- If 2,000 homeless people lived in Billings for one full year, the cost would exceed $31 million annually. (City of Billings).
- 29.5% of children in Billings live below the poverty line (United State Census Bureau)
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines the term homeless under the following broad categories of homelessness (HUD Resource)
- Literally Homeless: An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence
Imminent Risk of Homelessness: Individual or family who will imminently lose their primary nighttime residence
- Unstably Housed: This is a new category of homelessness, and it applies to families with children or unaccompanied youth (up to age 24) who have not had a lease or ownership interest in a housing unit in the last 60 or more days, have had two or more moves in the last 60 days, and who are likely to continue to be unstably housed because of disability or multiple barriers to employment.
- Fleeing or Attempting to Flee Domestic Violence: This includes spousal or significant other, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other dangerous or life-threatening situations related to violence; have no other residence; and lack the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing.
Here in our community at any given time, over 400 individuals are considered homeless.
Our duty at Montana Rescue Mission is to heal the broken and lift up the poor. To assist individuals in overcoming the challenges that led to their current state of homelessness or poverty.