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Looking for a way to support MCC and help serve your community?

  • Host an AmeriCorps member in your home
  • Just 4 to 5 days every two weeks
  • Earn a little income while creating a safe space for an AmeriCorps member to recharge

In recent years, with housing rental prices on the rise and availability decreasing, it has become difficult for AmeriCorps National Service members to find housing in the communities where they serve. In 2021, 30% of MCC AmeriCorps members ended up living out of their cars or camping between service projects, which was stressful physically and emotionally. 

Housing an MCC corps member during days off between service projects is a great way to support these young leaders. Members spend 20 days out of the month in the field while serving on projects, but need a home base to recover between projects.


Can You Help House a Corps Member?

We are seeking host families in Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula who are willing to provide a place to live for our corps members.  MCC participants signing up for this option are ready to contribute up to 25% of their AmeriCorps living stipend for housing.

We invite host families to consider this discounted rate as a contribution to the MCC corps member’s service experience. MCC AmeriCorps members sacrifice a lot to serve in Montana communities, making lasting contributions to our public lands.  Your generosity would go a long way towards making this experience financially viable for the next generation of service members in Montana.

What members need from you especially is

  • a safe and private place to sleep and store their belongings
  • access to basic shared amenities such as a bathroom and kitchen. Laundry is great but not required.
  • a place to park a vehicle
  • key access to the living quarters

 


Here's a Little Bit of What to Expect

There are several lengths of time in which a host family could support a corps member.  Members' schedules vary in the spring and fall, but for most of the summer season, they are out in the field for 8-10 days at a time, and only home for the 4-5 days between these "hitches".

  • Field Crew Members: May to October
    • $1,474 monthly living allowance or $368 housing fee
  • Youth Expedition Leaders: May to August
    • $1,714 monthly living allowance or $428 housing fee

We hold high professional expectations of our members and hold them accountable for their behavior. What’s unique about AmeriCorps is that MCC'ers are expected to be positive members of the community. To help ensure that both parties understand the expectations for the season, host families and MCC members will sign an agreement committing to joint standards of conduct.


Exploring Housing Solutions for AmeriCorps Members

MCC is exploring a variety of solutions to address our corps members' housing needs – from increasing stipends to developing remote basecamps in partnership with federal land managers. In a survey of corps members this last summer, we learned that a full 30% of crew members ended up living out of their car or camping. Our participants noted increased mental health and physical recovery challenges from their living situation. 

Help MCC support these AmeriCorps National Service participants to be the front-line stewards of our beloved public lands.

Corps Member Survey: What is your Housing Situation?


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