Latest numbers show slow decline in Montana homeless population

HELENA – A new report shows a slow decline in Montana’s homeless, although there’s still the population of one of our small towns that don’t have shelter on any given the night.

That’s the data shared Monday as the first-ever statewide conference on homelessness opened in Helena.

The numbers, which are based on the most recent “point in time” surveys, shows there’s been a drop of roughly 500 people in the homeless population the past five years.

“We have a lot of homeless, still, in Montana. It’s a shocking number of over 1,400,” said Missoula Housing Authority Director of HUD Programs Jim McGrath.