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Montana Conservation Corps asking for community help with housing

Posted at 5:52 PM, May 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-16 12:19:27-04

HELENA — Due to climbing rental rates, The Montana Conservation Corps is looking for hosts to house crew members this summer.

Acquiring hosts to house conservation corps members In Helena, Missoula, Bozeman, and Kalispell is a first-of-its-kind statewide effort.

Seasonal crew members work from May through October, and the majority of their time in Montana is spent servicing public lands by bettering trails and parks.

“They spend most of their season out in the woods but between their hitches, as we call them, they need a place to stay. And it's always been a challenge to for our folks to take up traditional leases because they're barely there and they're here for a short periods of time,” says Adam Hein, Regional Director at Montana Conservation Corps in Helena.

But when they are back in town, they need a place for some R&R. And while some choose to car-camp, others would ideally opt for a slightly more comfortable option with more accessible amenities.

“It's just like, more of your own personal space rather than like Planet Fitness or laundromat and like having to wait around for those chores to be done. When you're in your house you can kind of like do the laundry, wash your dishes, take a shower – all these things at one time,” says Lyndsie Chesnic, Crew Lead at Montana Conservation Corps.

But because of rising rental costs, the corps is asking the community to help house service members.

“...if we can host these members in our community, we're going to get all that much more service done for our community,” says Hein.

Hosts are asked to take no more than 25% of the biweekly living stipend which usually runs anywhere from about $600-800.

And with the crew members expected to show up next week, Montana Conservation Corps has been thankful to hear from willing hosts and are hoping to hear from even more.

“...there's a lot of folks interested and it's really great to see that community come together in Helena to help host these folks and get this great service work done in our community,” says Hein.

If you’d like to host crew members you can find more information here:


or by calling 406/495/9214