The Mayor’s Committee began meeting in June 2006 following Mayor Tussing’s charge to develop a 10-Year Plan to address the needs of the chronically homeless in Billings. The Mayor’s Committee includes representation from a broad stakeholder group including housing, service providers, civic and business leaders, economic and work force agencies, faith based and philanthropy groups, and other interested parties. To date, over 300 cities across the nation have committed to implementing 10-year plans to end chronic homelessness.
The City of Billings is committed to inclusive participation in the effort to address chronic homelessness. Work groups were established to assist the Committee in gathering feedback and developing specific sections of the 10-Year Plan. These groups include, but are not limited to:
The Illuminate Poverty project is directed towards the efforts of the Mayor’s Committee on Homelessness to build local support for community intervention initiatives that impact the impoverished. The development of this campaign aims to raise social and public awareness about poverty and homelessness in the City of Billings.