December 5, 2019 VOM Podcast

Homelessness – an Eastern Montana Public Responsibility

(15 minutes) The nature of the oil boom cycles common in eastern Montana bring a unique set of challenges to housing officials. What does a family do if during a boom cycle housing is difficult to find, and in a downturn economy, housing is difficult to afford?

In our series on homelessness we talked with Stacey Netz, Executive Director, and Alli Nelson, Financial Manager, of the Richland County Housing Authority. The non-profit group is addressing a shortage of emergency housing, while their clients and the homeless population have difficulty accessing services because of the distance needed to travel to access it.