Commerce Awards Nearly $5 Million of Grant Funding to Support Emergency Shelters

MRM Unified Campus Project Rendering HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce announced today that nearly $5 million of grant funding has been allocated to 10 non-profit organizations to support homeless shelters with new construction, capital improvements and shelter space acquisition for Montanans who are experiencing homelessness. The funding is through Commerce’s Emergency Shelter Facility Grant (ESFG) Program.

“Through these Emergency Shelter Facility grants, we are able to provide vital support to organizations that provide a safe place to stay for those who are currently unhoused,” said Paul Green, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “Commerce continues to rapidly respond to housing issues across the state by leveraging federal and state funding opportunities to increase the availability and accessibility of affordable housing.”

The ESFG funding was awarded to:

Good Samaritan Ministries has conditionally received $559,738 of ESFG funding subject to securing a new shelter location in Helena. This tentative award is conditioned on Good Samaritan providing Commerce a viable proposal that complies with ESFG program requirements by May 1, 2024. At that time, Commerce will reassess Good Samaritan’s proposal to determine whether to make an actual award.

The ESFG Program is a one-time funding opportunity authorized by House Bill 5 in the 2023 Legislative Session.

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