The City of Missoula has begun to plan ahead for its upcoming Winter Shelter Program.
City Councilor Gwen Jones told KGVO News on Tuesday that the city is looking for help from the community to find a property that could be leased to help those experiencing homelessness this coming winter.
“I’d rather prepare for the worst and hope for the best,” said Jones. “So I think it was good to start these talks early and try and get all of our ducks in a row. We’re trying to anticipate what’s going to happen this coming winter with our homeless population. Six weeks ago, I would have thought that this having to distance everyone in the shelter, maybe we would not have to do that this winter. But honestly, with the Delta variant, I think it’s becoming much more likely that we’re still in this pandemic, and will have issues like that.”
Jones said there is a possibility that many more families may be experiencing homelessness this winter, due to the current real estate market.
“What we’re seeing is people really down on the bottom rungs that are at a survival level,” she said. “There are more of those people heading into homelessness