While it’s exciting to watch the construction progress on The Meadowlark, there are still families in Missoula today who don’t have a safe place to stay.
This winter, the YWCA Emergency Housing Program is continuing to rent motel rooms for homeless families to stay in while they secure permanent housing of their own. Family Promise is also continuing to house families in local congregations. Both programs are at capacity and have waiting lists. Unfortunately, while a family is on a waiting list, their circumstances can become more dire; they may lose a job, be unable to continue paying for a phone, or the children miss school. Thanks to donations from community members and local businesses, the YWCA is leasing additional rooms to accommodate more families during the coldest months.
The new family housing center at The Meadowlark, which will house up to 31 homeless families at a time, is expected to begin operation in early 2021. Families will have same-day access to emergency housing, and they won’t have to spend days or weeks waiting to enter the program. Providing families immediate shelter and support will ultimately reduce the amount of time that they experience homelessness.
Construction is still on track to be completed by the end of the year.