MT homeless population increase leads the nation

Montana’s increase in people without a place to live leads the nation. A Public News Service article that was published today reads: “The most recent Annual Homelessness Assessment Report shows Montana saw a 551% increase in its unsheltered population, the steepest rise in the country between 2007 and 2023.” MLSA works to keep Montanans housed. …

Panel addresses teen dating violence

Recognizing February as teen dating violence awareness month, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Red Lodge organized three panels where community partners spoke to high school students in the Carbon and Stillwater County areas, addressing concerns and letting them know they are not alone.

Alex Clark, a white man with a blue plaid button-down shirt to the left of Gillian Ellison, a blonde white woman with a black long-sleeved shirt.

Former MLSA staff named to Montana Justice Foundation Board

Congratulations to Gillian Ellison and Alex Clark—former MLSA staff members and current law students at the University of Montana—for being invited to serve on the board of the Montana Justice Foundation (MJF), the largest private funder of legal aid in the state! Recommended by MLSA Executive Director Alison Paul for their dedication to improving access …

Advocates boost legal services to MT’s native tribes

A new program from the Montana Legal Services Association is boosting legal assistance to people living on the state’s tribal land. The Tribal Advocate Incubator Project gives lay people the skills they need to help Montana’s underserved Indigenous population. Right now, many of Montana’s Indigenous people lack legal services or the money they need to …

Getting started with pro bono can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be

Attorneys, are you looking for ways to fulfill your professional responsibility to provide at least 50 hours of service for the public good this year? Stuart Segrest, President of the State Bar of Montana, discusses his experience providing pro bono services through MLSA in his article found on page 4 of the most recent Montana …

Talk Justice, an LSC Podcast: Causes and Consequences of Eviction

Experts discuss a new report on the causes and consequences of eviction in Montana, as well as the impact of eviction on U.S. children. The recently released “Montana Eviction Impact Report: Beyond Housing Affordability” surveyed evicted Montanans on the socioeconomic factors that led to their eviction and the impacts that it had on their household after …

Eviction report highlights issues facing renters in Montana

Helena Independent Record A significant portion of people in Montana who faced eviction during the pandemic were either single mothers, very low-income, had mental illness issues in their household before they lost their housing or fell into all those categories. Many also ended up homeless, according to a new report from a team of data …

Montana groups receive $1.2M in grants from Bremer trust

Two Helena-based groups were among the 190 grants that will share $20.3 million from the Otto Bremer Trust, it was announced Tuesday. bremer.PNG Nearly two dozen Montana organizations were awarded $1.2 million, the trust reported. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Montana, Helena will receive $45,000 for general operations to create and support one-to-one youth …