Basic Needs

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I.  Basic Needs Community Impact Area

Ensuring basic needs are met.

Our 4 Community Impact Areas are designed to deliver positive lasting change by bringing together a network of organizations, businesses and individuals to share resources and engage in results-driven Collective Impact Work.

Strategies to ensure Basic Needs are met:

  • End homelessness and advance affordable housing options (U.S. Government defines affordable housing as housing that consumes 30% or less of a household's income). 

Our work includes funding partner programs that include Family Promise of Gallatin County Interfaith Hospitality Program, HRDC Housing First Program, Warming Center, and Youth Transitional Housing. We actively participate in Greater Gallatin Homeless Action Coalition (GGHAC), CAHAB, Future West, Project Homeless Connect.  We advocate for ending homelessness and affordable housing options to City/County Commission and a variety of community outreach efforts.  

  • Eliminate food insecurity. 

Our work includes funding Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Headwaters Area Food Bank, Big Sky Food Bank, Livingston, Food Resource Center, Community Cafe, Belgrade Senior Center, Bozeman Senior Center Nutrition Program, including congregate, frozen and Meals-On-Wheels Program.  Our kidsLINK Afterschool Program provides healthy snacks daily, as well as nutrition education to children attending across 29 locations across 4 counties.

  • Access to affordable health care. 

Our work includes funding Community Health Partners.  We actively participate in Gallatin mental health...

  • Promote 2-1-1 / Suicide and Crisis Hotline + resource coordination and access to resources. 

Our work includes funding the Help Center.  We also actively participate in community outreach efforts xxx.

Some facts...

  • MT ranks 18th for Economic Well-Being.  Indicators include children living in poverty, which is a family of 2 adults and 2 children with annual income below $24,036; children whose parents lack secure employment, and; children living in housing with high housing cost burden, which is more than 30% of monthly household pretax income is spent on housing-related expenses.
  • The average cost of child care for a four-year old is $7,900/year and $9,000/year for infant care.  In MT, child care is the largest expense for families with median incomes.
  • Our community spends $28,305 annually/homeless person.  The annual cost to connect a homeless person with stable housing and supportive services is $11,860.
  • The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Bozeman is $1,022/month, which requires a living wage of $16.44/hour.
  • The average price of a new home in Bozeman is $364,500, which requires a living wage of $17.96/hour for a dual-income household.
  • The average annual wages for Gallatin County workers is $37,639, which is 73% of the national average of $51,364.
  • The average worker earns $18.10/hour compared to the typical American worker’s $24.70/hour, which raises cost of living from 102.7% to 140.1% the national average.
  • Women earn 72.5¢ for every $1.00 men earn, ranking MT 46th.
  • MT ranks 33rd for senior long-term care and 34th for health.

We believe there is no problem that we can't solve together.  Join us to make change. 

Donate today to Greater Gallatin United Way.