Trauma-informed designed paired with supportive community services will address homelessness, increase community belonging, and enhance mental and physical well-being.
Housing First Village aims to provide transformative housing to Bozeman’s chronically homeless. Both the number of people experiencing homelessness and the duration of homelessness has been increasing in our community. The Warming Center, which provides seasonal temporary shelter, is reaching capacity. In addition, several consistent years of a virtually zero percent vacancy rate in rental housing makes it more challenging for our chronically homeless Warming Center guests to use existing rapid re-housing resources to support the transition into permanent housing.
Targeted towards the homeless population that is most at risk, this safe and sustainable model is designed to support successful reintegration into community living and permanent housing. The single-user “tiny” homes or shelters would provide a cost-effective way to address the growing issue of homelessness while maintaining the autonomy and dignity of the resident. This model is based on the “Housing First” philosophy, which limits the barriers to entry and provides supportive services to residents including mental health and addiction support. Central to the success of this model is a resource hub, which we hope will include an onsite medical mini-clinic, a mental health counselor, and a services coordinator. In addition, there would be dedicated spaces for community providers, such as addiction services, job, and employment support, budget and financial coaching, etc.
This idea was brought to HRDC by the project coordinator, Connie Campbell-Pearson, a deacon at St. James Episcopal Church. A partnership with MSU School of Architecture has supported senior and graduate-level architecture students to research best practices in the tiny shelter model, and develop and fully construct demonstration projects. By bringing different sectors of our community together, we can work to support our homeless neighbors in finding a place to call home.