Housing help for the working poor in the Greater Helena Community.
Housing Loan/Grant Program The Hunthausen Fund was established at Good Samaritan Ministries to honor the social teachings and extraordinary work of Archbishop Hunthausen, Fr. John (Jack) Hunthausen and Sr. Edna Hunthausen. All three siblings are champions of Social Justice, working for the Poor and needy in Montana and the Surrounding Area. The Hunthausen Fund began to award grants to help house the working poor in the Greater Helena Area. The fund is a “hands-up” approach to reducing homelessness. These awards will help to move men, women, and children from shelters and transitional housing into more stable and permanent housing. By helping to pay a deposit and first month’s rent, the Hunthausen Fund assures a positive start to a stable living situation. The fund is unique to any other grant/or account of funds at GSM or other agency in town because the assistance amount has two components: a grant portion and a loan portion. The Hunthausen Fund preliminary supports the working poor who fall through cracks by not qualifying for funds because of their income.
Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen was the former Archbishop of Seattle, Bishop of Western Montana, and President of Carroll College. Archbishop Hunthausen’s social teaching have always focused on the needs of the poor and those less fortunate. He has given his life in service to the church and the pursuit of spreading Christ’s peace, joy and love.
Fr. Jack Hunthausen has faithfully Served the Diocese of Helena and the people of his parishes as a priest since 1952. Always going where he was needed Fr Jack served at Carroll College and in many parishes. Loved everywhere he goes, Fr Jack has brought more joy and peace to those in need than can be told. His faith is infectious.
Sr. Edna Hunthausen entered the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1948 serving in a variety of ministries. The richest and most dear of these experiences was the 26 years spent on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, MT. Sister Edna looks on these years as receiving more than giving. “I have been graced and I thank God for all the gifts of faith, family and friends.”
All applicants must be homeless or precariously housed
If granted funds, the client must have housing unit must be identified, approved by the landlord for move in within 30 days of approval
This assistance is one time move-in assistance
The maximum assistance is up to $2,500.00 *However, we can only give what landlords have designated first month rent and security deposit to be
Both the grant portion and the loan portion can separately be up to $1,250.0
All Applicants may move-in to Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson County (To be extended Silver Bow in future)
If you would like to make a gift to the Hunthausen Fund you can donate online safe and securely by clicking the button below
Or write a check to Good Samaritan Ministries and send to: Good Samaritan Ministries 3067 N. Montana Ave Helena MT 59601 be sure to indicate in the memo line "Hunthausen fund"
Contact Clare Smillie 406- 442-0780 for questions or ways to get involved. If you are a caseworker who has a client who might benefit by help from the Hunthausen Fund, contact Corbin Bruursema, assistance 406-442-0780 or click here for our guidelines and application.