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Aug 30, 2019

Confronting the Crisis of Youth Homelessness, Tester Secures Nearly $3.5 Million for MT Continuum of Care Coalition

Senator: “How can we expect the next generation to succeed when too many of them don’t even have roofs over their heads?”

(Big Sandy, Mont.) - In an effort to address the crisis of youth homelessness in America, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that the Montana Continuum of Care (MT CoC) Coalition will receive $3,427,682 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to combat youth homelessness in the Treasure State.

MT CoC is a statewide organization based in Bozeman that pushes for cooperation between organizations working to end homelessness in Montana by managing the implementation of a statewide housing and service system, directing outreach, engagement, assessment and prevention strategies, helping organizations collaboratively apply for HUD grants, and managing overall performance of statewide efforts to end homelessness. The grant was awarded as part of HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, which works to provide funding to organizations around the country in an effort to end youth homelessness.

"How can we expect the next generation to succeed when too many of them don't even have roofs over their heads?" Tester said. "These young folks are often overlooked, falling through the cracks of a system that's often ill-equipped to help them. This funding will provide MT CoC with resources that can help them end youth homelessness in Montana and get these kids get back on their feet."

According to HUD, Montana's homeless population has grown by 33 percent since 2007, increasing by eight percent between 2016 and 2017. Young people often find themselves without a home as a result of escaping human trafficking, leaving abusive conditions, aging out of foster care, or because their parents or guardians are unreceptive of LGBTQ+ identities. Homeless youth in Montana are often unintentionally neglected by programs meant to safeguard them from these situations, forcing them to sleep on friends' couches, in cars, or on the street.

As a senior member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Tester has been a leader in the fight to end homelessness. In budget negotiations earlier this year, he secured billions of dollars in funding for affordable housing programs and he helped provide more than $600,000 in grant funding for NeighborWorks programs in Montana, which allows communities across the state to invest in affordable housing.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, 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

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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