WHITEFISH, Mont. - This summer, a shelter for homeless veterans is slated to open near Whitefish.
Glacier Hope Homes will house 35 veterans. The site currently operates as a resort on Hodgson Road. The new shelter will take over in the same location on August 4.
The property features 17 1/2 acres of land and 12,000 square feet of indoor space.
Officials are paying for the project via private investors, a federal grant and funds from Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans Administration benefits to cover the $1,500 monthly cost of operation per resident.
"We are going to take care of veterans, senior veterans and homeless veterans and encompassed in that is more than room and board," said Glacier Hope Homes Executive Director Jason Stevens. "We are going to provide educational opportunities. We're going to provide job opportunities. We have a lot of amenities."
Stevens says the facility plans to launch a kind of buddy system, where veterans of different generations can pair off and get to know each other.