At Risk Housing Coalition (ARHC)
The At Risk Housing Coalition (ARHC) is an ongoing formal task force comprised of representatives from health and human service agencies and governmental departments. ARHC was formed in 1993 by Women's Opportunity and Resource Development to initiate a community-wide effort to prevent and address homelessness. ARHC functioned for ten years as a loosely-organized body, meeting monthly and forming committees and collaborations to address identified needs.
In 2004, ARHC formalized as a coalition requiring membership and adherence to agreements and protocols. ARHC continues to work on issues surrounding low-income housing and homelessness in Missoula and coordinates the local effort to plan and provide comprehensive services through a continuum of care.
ARHC meets bi-monthly. Sub-committees meet as necessary to plan and complete projects.
ARHC performs an annual informal Gaps and Assets Review. ARHC uses the review to assess unmet needs, affirm existing community efforts surrounding homelessness and as a platform for planning and developing projects.
ARHC members perform the Annual Homeless Survey.
ARHC plans, reviews and endorses local projects for HUD Continuum of Care funding.
ARHC endorses projects in the form of letters of support. Projects receiving endorsement have been evaluated to meet established criteria.
ARHC advocates for particular issues affecting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
ARHC committees work on distinct projects, such as community needs assessments and program planning and coordination.
ARHC maintains committees to work on distinct projects. When an issue arises that requires more discussion, the large group refers to the appropriate committee. ARHC committees make decisions by consensus.
Executive Committee - This committee oversees ARHC's functions, reviews policy issues and makes recommendations to ARHC for decisions.
Case Manager's Roundtable - information sharing for case managers.
Emergency and Winter Shelter Committee - This committee completes an inventory each fall of the number of emergency shelter and transitional housing beds, food and other resources and produces a contingency plan for "overflow.” The Committee annually discusses the best use of county Winter Shelter funds. The Winter Shelter Committee meets weekly with the grantee from December through March to staff cases and fund requests.
Operation and Meetings
The Department of Grants and Community Programs coordinates ARHC communications. The coalition is internally facilitated and operated by the membership. ARHC members facilitate meetings on a rotating basis. Meetings and committee participation are open, and any member may raise an issue for consideration by the group.
ARHC typically meets the first Monday every other month, from 10 am to 12 pm. Committee meetings are held the opposite months at the same time. All ARHC and committee meetings are open to the public.
For more information, contact the ARHC Coordinator at the Department of Grants and Community Programs at 258-4980 or email email@example.com.