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FUSE Program Making Permanent Housing Progress

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Butte, MT - St. James Healthcare, Butte-Silver Bow, Action Inc., the Public Housing Authority of Butte and the Southwest Montana Community Health Center have been working together implement Frequent Users System Engagement (FUSE) initiatives.

With a $60,000 grant from the Montana Healthcare Foundation in 2018, St. James joined others to identify frequent users of public services in Butte, study their economic impact and estimate potential savings if they had access to permanent housing.

Another big step is being taken in a collaborative initiative to serve the chronically homeless in Butte through housing and “wrap-around” services that can benefit them and lower public and societal costs for crisis services.

With a $50,000 federal grant Butte-Silver Bow received and nearly $17,000 in matching funds from Action Inc., SMA Architects will spend several months evaluating options for using existing buildings or building new ones as “permanent supportive housing.”

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