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Sep 12, 2017

Tester Announces Housing and Services for Dozens of Montana Veterans

Grant Will Help Homeless Veterans in Billings, Kalispell, Missoula and Poplar Get Back on Their Feet

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that dozens of homeless and at-risk veterans across Montana will have access to beds and services thanks to a grant he secured from the VA.

Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, secured funding for five nonprofits in Billings, Kalispell, Missoula and Poplar to provide housing, care, job training and career services for an additional 63 homeless veterans.

"After putting their lives on the line, Montana veterans have earned every resource to help them get back on their feet," said Ranking Member Tester. "This grant will provide more veterans with a safe and warm place to call home, as well as guidance and support as they apply for jobs and get the health care they need."

The grant is part of the VA's Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem program, and will fund a certain number of beds at each organization. A veteran staying in that bed has access to housing, counseling and career services.

These funds will provide organizations with money for 63 beds through September 2018. Over the course of the year, successful veterans will be discharged from the program and new veterans will enter, which could result in hundreds of veterans served throughout the year.

Tester secured grant money for the following organizations:

  • Volunteers of American Northern Rockies, Billings, 20 beds;
  • North West Montana Veterans Stand Down, Kalispell, support services; 
  • Missoula Housing Authority, Missoula, 17 beds and support services;
  • The Poverello Center, Missoula, 20 beds; 
  • Fort Peck Housing Authority, Poplar, six beds.

Tester recently introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen job training for at-risk veterans and fight veteran homelessness.

Since 2012, Tester has helped secure over $6.4 million to improve and expand housing and transitional assistance for Montana veterans. 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Glendive, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Glendive

122 W Towne
Glendive, MT 59330
Phone: (406) 365-2391
Fax: (406) 365-8836

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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