Missoula's shelters for those without housing see big surge in utilization

David Erickson

The number of “nights stayed” at Missoula’s two homeless shelters almost doubled from 2020 to 2021, from 33,000 nights to a whopping 65,000.

A total of 1,039 individuals used emergency shelter in Missoula in 2021, which is 200 more people than the previous year, even though the Poverello Center has only been at half capacity since March of 2020 due to COVID.

The statistics come from the Poverello Center’s annual report, which showed that 88,994 meals were served to over 1,200 people. More than 27,500 sack lunches were provided, and its Food Rescue Truck saved 424,474 pounds of food from landfills.

Pov to host fundraiser

On Wednesday, July 13, the Poverello Center will hold its second annual Picnic for the Pov to raise funds in support of the veteran programs.

“We will gather at Ogren Park at Allegiance Field (Home of the Missoula PaddleHeads baseball team) from 5:30-7 p.m. with over 300 Missoula community leaders to share the importance of the veteran programs and invite attendees to support our work,” Penix said.

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