Basic Needs

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Improve Basic Needs

Ensure 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.

Improve Basic Needs through...

  • Food Security
  • Affordable Housing
  • Affordable Quality Child Care
  • Access to Community Resources

Improve Basic Needs by...

  • Funding direct service programs through the Community Investment Fund
  • Promoting volunteerism by delivering and engaging employees through workplace campaigns
  • Performing advocacy and community outreach and education
  • Participating in community coalitions including GGHAC, Seat At The Table, CHIP Programs and more
  • Administering programs such as kidsLINK Afterschool Program, which supports working families across 4 counties
  • Holding, participating and/or funding community events including Project Homeless Connect
  • Providing professional development and learning opportunities for caregivers including ACEs Awareness, Trauma-Informed CareThe Resilience Project learning events, stress reduction, burnout prevention...
  • Establishing pilot projects and act as incubator for new and innovative solutions for old problems in our community, including New Provider Scholarship Fund for startup early child care providers

Improve Basic Needs because...

  • 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.

Working Together to Improve Basic Needs - GGUW Funded Partners 


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