"Reaching Home: Missoula's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness" is the result of more than a year and a half of research by a volunteer working group appointed by Missoula Mayor John Engen and then-County Commissioner Jean Curtiss.
The At-Risk Housing Coalition officially launched phase 1 of the Missoula Coordinated Entry System on June 1, 2017. The coordinated and streamlined effort is better serving people experiencing homelessness, reducing duplication of services, and providing system-level data contributing to enhanced efforts around our ultimate goal to establish a strong "Coordinated Entry System" that makes homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring for people in our community.
We know that people are skeptical about the idea of ending homelessness. What does it even mean? Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness has provided this operational definition that Reaching Home endorses:
An end to homelessness does not mean that no one will ever experience a housing crisis again. Changing economic realities, the unpredictability of life, and unsafe or unwelcoming family environments may create situations where individuals, families, or youth could experience, re-experience, or be at risk of homelessness.
An end to homelessness means that every community will have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.
Houseless Initiative Specialist, City of Missoula Community Planning, Development & Innovation
Emily started as the Reaching Home Program Manager on January 4, 2021. Her past work intersects a variety of issue areas including homelessness, suicide prevention, housing advocacy, and social emotional development. Her diverse program leadership includes organizing the nation’s largest conference focused on student mental health, steering a youth sports collective impact effort across two states and D.C., managing a fellowship to advance mental health research, and creating and facilitating community trainings and workshops on a variety of topics. Emily deeply believes in the power of community and is excited to bring her creative and proactive energy to Reaching Home. She holds a Masters in Social Work from University of Montana, and a Bachelors in Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from Elon University. Catch her around Missoula skiing, mountain biking, or attempting to befriend one of the many cats along her walking route.
Fostering physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth for Missoula’s youth.
Removing obstacles and paving the way for hard working families to get ahead financially.
Working to ensure that everyone in Missoula has the tools they need to live a healthy life.