Future of Missoula crisis services looks uncertain after levy failure

Bret Anne Serbin

The Johnson Street Emergency Winter Shelter slept 102 people on its busiest night last year, but on Tuesday, 135 people turned up at the facility for a warm place to sleep.

That same day, Missoula citizens voted down a measure that would’ve funded the winter shelter for years to come. 

Desiree Griffith is a Missoula resident who lived at the Johnson Street shelter last winter and is now on the waiting list to get into the Temporary Safe Outdoor Space. But her future and the future of both programs remains unclear now that the crisis services levy failed to pass on the November ballot.

“We have nowhere to go,” said Griffith, who lives at the Authorized Camping Site with her husband and their 2-year-old dog. 

The Missoula Authorized Camping Site will be closing on Nov. 16.

In addition to the winter shelter and the TSOS, the levy would have gone to support the Mobile Support Team and the Crime Victim Advocate Program.

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“The crisis levy would’ve really buffered some of these unique and crucial programs,” said City Council President and Ward 3 Representative Gwen

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