Missoula emergency winter shelter set to return to Johnson Street location

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Missoula City Council advanced a proposal Wednesday to keep the emergency winter shelter at Johnson Street, with the capacity to house 150 people this coming year.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian Jordan Hansen

Missoula City Council advanced a proposal Wednesday to keep the emergency winter shelter at Johnson Street, with the capacity to house 150 people this year.

The Administration and Finance Committee voted 6-2 to move the proposal to the full council, where it will be discussed on Oct. 18. The move comes as Missoula and Missoula County continue to navigate an increasing unhoused population in the area due to the pandemic.

The city is using $315,000 out of its $14.2 million allocation of federal American Rescue Plan money, while the county added $100,000, half of which is from its ARPA allocation. The Human Resource Council received a $205,000 grant for the project.

The shelter will open on Nov. 1 and operate through April, according to city documents. Last year, the shelter was open until the end of April.

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