First United Methodist Church Parking Lot Encampment Vacated

FUMC Parking Lot

Over the past couple of weeks the First United Methodist Church has been notifying those camped out in their parking lot that they would have to leave the premises because of potential zoning violations raised by the City of Great Falls.

On Monday morning that process was completed and the FUMC parking lot was cleared of tents, porta-potties, RV’s and campers.

In an email sent to church leadership last week City Manager Greg Doyon reached out and offered the City’s assistance in helping those who need it during the transition.

I have also asked United Way to provide me with contact information for the best community resource contact to assist homeless who are desirous of assistance when they vacate the property.  Her name and contact information is:

Gina Black Street Outreach/Therapist 1123 Central Ave (Physical Address) Great Falls, MT 59401 Office: 406-216-2300 Cell: 406-836-1360 Fax: 406-216-2305

Again, this is the best primary point of contact to direct the homeless to needed services.

In addition Mr. Doyon offered the following:

Finally, I know a group of congregants are exploring the creation of a “low-barrier” shelter.  As they explore options, please be aware that the City participates in the Community Development Block Grant Program.  There may be resources to assist in this endeavor.  I encourage you to contact the CDBG Administrator Tonya Shumaker at 406.455.8443.   Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development have resources that may be helpful.  Additional information may be found here: https://www.hud.gov/topics/homelessness/assist/.

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Rick Tryon is an entrepreneur, a singer-songwriter, and is currently serving a four year term as a Great Falls City Commissioner. Helping Montana become an even greater place to live, play and work is Tryon's passion.

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