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Community Impact Area:  Basic Needs

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.

Housing, food, transportation, medical care and access to other essential resources for all individuals is foundational for a strong community.

Community Goals/Outcomes:

  • 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 strategies to make positive impact include funding partner programs that provide diversion services, emergency shelter, transitional housing, wrap-around and follow-up services, and long-term affordable housing.  We actively participate in Greater Gallatin Homeless Action Coalition (GGHAC), Community Affordable Housing Advisory Board (CAHAB), Future West/Seat AT The Table, and Project Homeless Connect.  We advocate for ending homelessness and affordable housing options to City/County Commission and a variety of community outreach efforts, including mobilizing volunteers to support these vital services. 

  • Eliminate food insecurity. 

Our strategies to make positive impact include funding area food banks, senior centers, Meals-On-Wheels, and summer lunch and backpack programs.  Provide healthy snacks daily to over 1,600 children that attend our afterschool program in 29 locations across 4 counties.

  • Increase access to affordable health care for at risk populations.

Our strategies include funding partner programs that provide health care services regardless of ability to pay.  

  • Improve ability to connect to and access community resources. 

Our strategies to make positive impact include promoting, funding and supporting our 2-1-1 / Suicide and Crisis Hotline and resource referral coordination.  The implementation of 2-1-1 is spearheaded by United Ways and information and referral agencies in states and local communities. United Way Worldwide and the Alliance for Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) are committed to providing national leadership so that every American has access to this essential service.  Today, Help Center/2-1-1 is a funded and collaborative partner of Greater Gallatin United Way.  We also actively participate in community outreach efforts, including the Elevating Behavioral Health coalition and work groups.


  • 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.

Wehave one life.  To live better, we must LIVE UNITED.

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