Housing and Homelessness
At Risk Housing Coalition (ARHC) | HOME Program
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.
- 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 meetings are typically the first Monday every other month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Committee meetings are held the opposite months at the same time. All ARHC meetings are open to the public.
The ARHC Coordinator can be reached at 258-4980 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org