This article was published about Ryan Lehman, Good Samaritan’s Street Outreach Coordinator, in Florence Crittenton’s 2020 Annual Report about his journey through sobriety and getting custody of his kids back full-time. We are so proud of how far he has come and so grateful to call him part of our team! Click below to read the full article!
Troy Shockley interviews Chandler Rowling, Good Samaritan’s Housing Navigator, on his morning radio segment Coffee Break. During the show, Chandler tells us a little bit about the Housing Navigation program, what it does, who it best serves and what she is currently working on, and what is coming up for the program! Click below to hear the whole interview
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Emergency rent and utility assistance will soon be available to Montanans financially impacted by COVID-19. Renters will be able to apply directly, and landlords can apply on behalf of renters. Learn more at: HOUSING.MT.GOV
Good Samaritan will be available as a walk-in location and Our Place will be available through online scheduling
St. Pete’s works with Good Samaritan to provide safe stable housing to those in need
Together, Courtney and Sue filled out dozens of applications for housing. And, Courtney helped connect Sue to Good Samaritan Ministries, a local nonprofit committed to providing services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faith, especially those most in need. Good Samaritan was able to provide housing vouchers and support thanks to a grant from the CARES Act.
“When I first met Sue, she was going through a lot. She was experiencing lots and lots of emotions related to her medical concerns, on top of the housing stress,” said Courtney. “I was able to connect her to our behavioral health professionals and then get her connected to temporary housing through a grant from Good Samaritan. Those have been the most beneficial things in the time that we’ve worked together.”
The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program will provide rent and utility assistance to Montanans who have been financially impacted, directly or indirectly, by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Renters will be able to apply directly for rent and utility assistance, and landlords will be able to apply on behalf of renters with the renter’s co-signature and required documentation.
Renters will need to provide income documentation to verify program eligibility.
To streamline the application review process, we recommend renters file their 2020 tax return now and have that document available to submit when the program opens for applications.
Good Samaritan is offering FREE TAX HELP Mondays and Thursdays at the Thrift Store from 10-4
Good Samaritan’s Housing Navigator Chandler Rowling will be presenting two sessions at the conference:
In Yellowstone County, the Billings Mediation Center (Conflict Resilience Project) and Montana Mediation Association have partnered with Judge Carter and Judge Walker to use the judicial system to help landlords and tenants work out issues.
In 2020, Good Samaritan Ministries in Helena piloted a Housing Navigation program to serve the workforce housing community members in the Lewis and Clark county. This program connects and engages community members, landlords, property managers, and housing partners to housing services and resources. During COVID 19, Good Samaritan has also successfully offered financial assistance with eviction prevention, rental assistance, and mortgage assistance. Good Samaritan continues to serve the most vulnerable and homeless population.
In this session, participants will receive information based on those experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. Two of the navigators serve the population that is categorized as very to extremely low-income and the other navigator focuses on those who are considered the workforce housing.
Housing navigators in general work in many areas of housing services like financial assistance, landlord and tenant mediation, and keeping in check with fair housing rights/policies to just name a few.
During COVID-19, these housing navigation programs have shown to be essential as our homeless population continues to grow and be vulnerable due to lack of shelter options. Also, many people who were living paycheck to paycheck before COVID-19 have found themselves facing housing insecurity and many of them have never been in this situation before. These events have caused a huge strain on services, financial assistance, and the housing market when these were already a high-demand before COVID-19. However, despite the many barriers that have been presented these housing navigators have been creative to create innovative ways that they could still serve those in need of housing and strengthen community engagement. At the end of the panel, there will be time for Q&A.