March 29, 2019

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391

First Montana Homeless Conference is April 1-2 in Helena

The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), Montana Continuum of Care Coalition, Montana Healthcare Foundation and the Montana Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials are sponsoring the first conference on homelessness in Montana from April 1 - 2 at the Delta Marriot Colonial Hotel in Helena.

The conference will include national speakers from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and Abt Associates, an international consulting group. 

About 160 people from around Montana have registered to attend the conference. Those registered are from a wide variety of groups that work to assist homeless Montanans such as state and local government officials, non-profit entities, Tribal representatives, health organizations and volunteers.

Breakout session panels will assess progress of a newly implemented database, efforts to coordinate entry of homeless into housing, community-based planning initiatives, and trainings on ensuring housing and safety for persons escaping violence, education rights of homeless youth and fair housing regulations.

The Montana Continuum of Care Coalition is hosting the conference to bring the many different types of providers of housing and services together to learn more about each other’s work, acknowledge the many successes and new initiatives, to build a stronger statewide network and to renew efforts to make homelessness rare and brief.

What: Montana Homeless Conference
When: Monday, April 1, 10 am – 5 pm and Tuesday, April 2, 8:30 am – 4 pm
Where: Delta Marriot Colonial Hotel, Helena
Who: DPHHS Director Sheila Hogan; Steve Berg, National Alliance of Homelessness, Washington, DC; Willian Snow, HUD; Matt White, Abt Associates; Amy Louttit, National Network for Youth