Amos House bought by Family Promise

Rain Jensen and her two daughters, Summer Dyson, 4, and Brooklyn Wilson, 1, sit in the living room of their newly renovated apartment, the former Amos House, on Wednesday. Jensen rents the apartment from Family Promise, a local nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Gallatin Valley, which the bought the house from HRDC this month.

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A local nonprofit wants to help with the affordable housing crisis in Gallatin County after recently buying a home for transitional housing.

Family Promise of Gallatin Valley recently bought the Amos House, located at 1021 N. Fifth Ave., from Human Resource Development Council. Family Promise announced its plans to turn the house into a duplex. The housing unit, now called the Davis-Povah House, was once used to provide temporary housing to homeless residents until it closed in 2016.

Family Promise said the transitional home would give families a place to stay for at least two years. The family renting the apartment would also go through a case management program administered by the nonprofit. The program helps re-establish credit, fill out forms and navigate public assistance programs.

Family Promise Executive Director Kevin Sylvester said the goal of the nonprofit is to deal with root causes of homelessness. He said this was an opportunity for the organization to stick with a family over an extended time and work on their needs.

“We’re hoping to ultimately make families more sustainable,” Sylvester said.

Rent for each of the apartments will start at below-market rate and increase every six months, he said. And if a family were paying more money than it costs the nonprofit to operate each apartment, the organization would return a portion of that money after parents complete their goals.

Sylvester said this program was about more than just offering affordable housing. “It’s just finding them a place. Period,” he said.

The nonprofit is also in the process of buying two housing units in Belgrade to implement the same program.

“We are trying to be opportunistic when other opportunities do arise,” Sylvester said.

Family Promise will host an open house at the Davis-Povah House on Sunday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. One family is living in one of the apartment units, and Sylvester said he hopes to have the other space ready by April.

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Freddy Monares can be reached at 406-582-2630, or by email at fmonares@dailychronicle.com.

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