The Missoula community has an urgent need for a safe place where homeless families and survivors of domestic violence can find shelter and support to get back on their feet. In the coming months, YWCA Missoula, in partnership with Missoula Interfaith Collaborative, will be launching a public campaign to build a new facility that meets this need.

The New Facility

YWCA Missoula’s new facility will be located on West Third Street, near the Good Food Store and Marchie’s Nursery. It will house YWCA Missoula’s programs and offices, an expanded domestic violence shelter, and an emergency housing center for homeless families– all under one roof.

  • YWCA’s service center: administrative offices and mission-related programs (including GUTS! and Racial Justice Initiative)
  • YWCA’s domestic violence shelter: safe and secure shelter for up to 13 single adults or adults with children fleeing violence
  • Family housing center: short term emergency housing for up to 31 homeless families with dependent children, operated in partnership with Family Promise, a program of Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

The Need

  • In Missoula there may be 50 homeless families, including 100 children, unsheltered on any given night.
  • There is currently no facility in Missoula that provides same-day access to emergency housing for families with children.
  • Homelessness has a profound and often lasting impact on the emotional and physical health of children—starting from day one. Homelessness is linked to low birth weight, malnutrition, poor physical and mental health, and missed educational opportunities.
  • The YWCA has outgrown the current domestic violence shelter. It is too small, in need of updates, and lacks optimal security features.