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*BMVP - Creating Sustainable Housing Solutions
 
 
 
The Salvation Army’s mission is to meet human needs without discrimination. Homelessness is an ongoing issue in the Billings community. Results from an annual Point In Time (PIT) survey show there were over 200 individuals experiencing homelessness in our area on a single night in 2018. In the first month of the 2019 school year, Billings Public Schools reported 178 students were experiencing homelessness. The coronavirus pandemic has brought up additional concerns for the homeless in our area, especially regarding the need for infrastructure to safely house people while they work to address other challenges related to homelessness. Serving a chronically homeless individual costs several thousand dollars per year, with the total cost to serve just 93 people experiencing homelessness in Billings exceeding 10 million dollars annually. The Salvation Army plans to develop immediate shelter and transitional housing options through the Billings Community Village (BCV). These housing options will serve the chronically homeless and most vulnerable unhoused people in the community. Studies show that similar programs are both cost-effective and allow for more accessibility to resources for individuals and families in poverty. On average, the amount per year to care for every unhoused chronically homeless person in Billings is over $111,000 each year. With the current development plan, the cost savings is estimated to exceed $3 million. This project will increase the number of safe, healthy, and affordable housing options for people experiencing homelessness. With housing established, these community members will have the opportunity to address additional barriers and increase their ability to move into self-sufficiency.
 
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Member Duties : Be part of the housing solution through development of the Billings Community Village at The Salvation Army in southeastern Montana! The overall goal of the project is to raise funds, create a sustainable structure through volunteer programming, and help increase awareness through targeting marketing efforts to ensure the Billings Community Hope Village will be self-sustaining and effective in providing housing to the most vulnerable persons in Billings. The VISTA Member will assist with fundraising activities, volunteer recruitment and management, and design a marketing plan that includes the creation of promotional materials through various advertising methods.
 
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Veterans ,  Homelessness ,  Neighborhood Revitalization ,  Tribal ,  Education ,  Children/Youth ,  Health ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Hunger ,  Housing . 
 
Skills :
Public Speaking ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Social Services ,  Leadership ,  General Skills . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
*BMVP - Creating Sustainable Housing Solutions

Program Start/End Date
08/15/2022  -   08/14/2023

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/06/2022  To  07/15/2023 

Contact Carly Collins
2825 3rd Ave N
Billings   MT   59101
4062478675
collinsc@billingsmt.gov
www.cityofbillings.net/vista

Listing ID 111201


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