The Ada’s Place Program is designed to help homeless families work toward self-sufficiency and independence. Ada’s Place offers participants the opportunity to gain knowledge, education, and skills in a variety of areas while working on goals that will assist them in obtaining permanent housing and achieving economic security. 

Beyond Housing

Case Management, Housing Search, & Work/School Requirements

In addition to housing, the Transitional Housing (TH) program’s other component is assisting survivors of domestic violence and their children in becoming self-sufficient and independent, economically stable, and develop healthy and supportive relationships. This is accomplished through a variety of advocacy and voluntary support services.

  • Participants must maintain regular contact with their TH case manager and within the first week of entering the program each participant will meet with the TH case manager to set up a mutually agreed upon schedule for keeping in touch. These meetings are for the TH Case Manager and the participant to discuss, develop, and work on the participants financial, housing, vocational, and other goals aimed at increasing economic and housing stability. These meetings can be every few days, weekly, monthly or anywhere in between.
  • By the 6th month in TH, participants are required to have put in place some method of increasing their income. Some methods may be public benefits, SSDI, employment or attending job skills training, adult education, or college classes.
  • TH Participants are also strongly encouraged to sign-up with Missoula Housing Authority, Human Resource Council, and any other housing options they are eligible for in the community. The TH case manager is available to assist with these processes and provide information about various housing programs and options.

Terms & Rent/Deposit

  • 18-month program for homeless survivors of domestic violence and their children.
  • There are two 1-bedroom apartments, tw0 3-bedroom apartments and three 2-bedroom duplexes.
  • Participants pay 30% of their adjusted gross income for program fees (rent) and $400 for a security deposit.
  • The YWCA pays all utilities, however participants are expected to use energy efficient practices. Telephone and cable are at your own expense.
  • Pets are not allowed in the TH units at any time, except for service animals that are necessary for residents with disabilities.
  • $50 in supportive services funds are available to TH participants each month, which can be used for basic needs or saved up to be used for utility deposits and first months rent for permanent housing at the end of the program. Upon exiting the TH program the YWCA will match saved support service funds no greater than $200.
  • Household composition: Due to funding requirements, only the participant (adult survivors) and her dependents are allowed to live in the housing unit. Any know perpetrators of domestic or sexual violence or stalking are not allowed on program property at any time. We understand participants may have contact with their abusers, due to child custody or for other reasons. The TH case manager can assist the participant in finding an alternative location for custody exchanges or visitation, and will work with each participant to maximize safety during contacts with the abuser.

Other Requirements

  • Yard maintenance: participants are required to mow their lawn, trim weeds, water, and remove snow if living in one of the duplexes (YWCA provides equipment). Participants in the apartments are required to maintain their entryways.
  • Guests: TH participants shall obtain written YWCA approval for guests who stay more than 72 hours during any 30-day period.
  • Apartment Inspections and Safety Check: Participants are responsible for maintaining their units in a safe and sanitary manner. The TH house inspector will schedule a regular walk-through with the participant, to determine need for repairs. The TH case manager and participant will address any other safety issues that need attention.
  • Domestic Violence Situations: If a participant has been involved in an abusive relationship, their abuser is not allowed to know the location of the TH residence. If past or current abusers are found on the premises, this could result in a 14-day eviction notice. Custody/visitation must take place at another location.

Application

Ada’s Place Transitional Housing Program Eligibility Survey/Applications are available at the YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway or you can download it here. Applications should be fully completed and turned into the YWCA, 1130 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT, 59802. Orientation sessions are held weekly on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

Other Housing Options

Gateway Assessment Center

A short-term assessment, referral, and supportive services program, which offers YWCA case management and short-term motel stays for homeless families with children under age 18. To apply, download the Emergency Housing application above and send it to or drop it off at the YWCA at 1130 W. Broadway Missoula, MT 59802. Applicants will be contacted for an initial meeting.

Starting March 1, the Gateway Assessment Center will be located at the YWCA, and will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Rapid Re-Housing

This program offers rent and deposit assistance as well as supportive services for homeless families in Missoula County. For more information, call Miranda or Melissa at (406) 543-6691.

Emergency Housing

The 50-day Emergency Housing program (EH) is available for homeless one and two parent families who are committed to seeking stable, permanent housing. Apply through the Gateway Assessment Center located at the Poverello Center (1110 W Broadway), application available below.