Lewis and Clark County earmarks $50K in ARPA funds for community projects

Nolan Lister

The Lewis and Clark County Board of County Commissioners approved the use of about $50,000 worth of American Rescue Plan Act relief funds on preliminary reports for projects at the Margaret Stuart Youth Home in Helena and a wastewater system in Craig. 

The youth home, an eight-bed group home licensed to provide short-term crisis intervention placements and long-term group care for youth located at 200 Miller St. in Helena, received $35,000 of the county’s direct allocation of ARPA funds from the federal government during Tuesday’s meeting.

The money will be spent on a preliminary architectural report on the building, which according to a staff report is in need of “numerous safety, structural, and interior updates to maintain its use as a licensed group home for youth in our community.”

Lewis and Clark County owns the building, and the youth home is run by a western Montana nonprofit organization called Youth Homes.

The staff report details needed repairs to the 1989 facility’s roof, gutters, windows, fire system and HVAC system.

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A preliminary architectural report, or PAR, conducted by a professional architect, will provide a description of the

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