Canterbury House

An image posted by St. James Episcopal Church to Facebook on Oct. 27, 2016, showing the interior of Canterbury House, where the church will work with the nonprofit HRDC to provide transitional housing for women. Pictured is facilities manager Ray Ross.

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St. James Episcopal Church and nonprofit HRDC said Wednesday they’re opening up a historic church-owned home in downtown Bozeman as transitional housing to help homeless women get back on their feet.

The Canterbury House will serve as many as four homeless or at-risk women at a time. The women will pay $200 a month in rent and stay in the home for nine months to a year, said HRDC housing director Sara Savage.

During their stay, Savage said, women will also work with social workers to help them get to the point where they can obtain permanent housing.

Savage said St. James contacted HRDC after hearing that federal funding cuts had forced the nonprofit to close its Amos House transitional housing program this summer. The church wondered if it would be possible to do something with the home it owns on the corner of Tracy Avenue and Olive Street in downtown Bozeman.

“Reaching out and helping the homeless has been a big part of our ministry here,” said Sarah Krumm, a St. James staff member, adding that the church is also involved with efforts like Love Inc. and Family Promise, which offers shorter-term shelter for homeless families.

In contrast to emergency housing like HRDC’s seasonal warming shelter, which opened this year on Nov. 1, transitional housing seeks to give people a stable place to stay until they can work toward self-sufficiency. Canterbury House will be the only transitional housing program for women in the area, HRDC says.

Women interested in the Canterbury House program can apply through HRDC’s office on Tracy Avenue, Savage said.

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Eric Dietrich can be reached at 406-582-2628 or edietrich@dailychronicle.com. He is on Twitter at @eidietrich.

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