Seeking Shelter: A Tiny Home Solution

Seeking Shelter is a documentary short about the Housing First Village Project, the result of a partnership among the Human Resource Development Council, Reverend Connie Campbell-Pearson, and the Schools of Architecture and Film & Photography at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.

The HFV Project will provide transformative housing to Bozeman’s chronically homeless. Targeted towards the homeless population that is most at risk, HFV is a safe and sustainable model designed to support successful reintegration into community living and permanent housing. The single-user “tiny” homes will provide a cost-effective way to address the growing issue of homelessness while maintaining the autonomy and dignity of the resident. Utilizing best practices from around the nation, the HFV project is based on the “Housing First” philosophy, which foregrounds access to housing rather than sobriety, employment, etc.

In May 2017, architecture graduate students and community volunteers began the construction of a prototype tiny house under the supervision of MSU architecture Professors Ralph Johnson and Bill Clinton. Every step in the building process was documented by film MFA students Jessica Portuondo and Evangeline Koonce with the guidance and supervision of MSU film Professor Lucia Ricciardelli. The resulting documentary features the story of this prototype tiny home as well as personal interviews with Bozeman residents who have experienced homelessness in our community.

Documentary Release Events

The MSU School of Arts and Architecture and Housing First Village present: Seeking Shelter: A Housing First Solution.  Join us for a viewing followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, advising professors, and Housing First village stakeholders.

September 18
Ground Breaking Ceremony 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Location TBD
Screening at the Procrastinator 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Q&A 5:30pm - 6:00pm

September 20
Screening at the Emerson Center for Culture and Arts
Appetizers 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Screening 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Q&A 7:30pm - 8:00pm

New Housing First Village Americorps VISTA

My name is Tim Cleasby and I am serving with HRDC to build capacity for the Housing First Village project for a year. I am originally from Washington, D.C, but have spent the last four years studying at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Upon graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in Decemeber, 2016, I was eager to experience something entirely new. I have been thoroughly enjoying my first taste of Montana and I look forward to meeting all of you very soon.


Please contact me for ways you can get involved in HFV:

Phone: (406) 585-4882


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Volunteers needed for tiny home build.

On July 22, we will be starting the second tiny home build project. We are so thankful for all of the contributions that our community has made, but we still need your help!

If you have experience as architect, engineer, carpenter, or have construction experience, we would appreciate your help. Please bring any tools that you have! We will also be providing lunch, snacks, and drinks for all of our hard workers.

If you cannot make it we still want to hear from you! You can loan tools* or donate money for the future homes. We cannot wait for this project to start, so please join us in the fight against homelessness in Bozeman!

We will be building on the following dates @ HRDC, 32. S Tracy:
July 22-23
July 29-30
August 5-6

Sign up to be a part of the wonderful build team:

* tools needed include: Table Saw, Chop Saw, Electric Drills with Bit Sets, Socket Sets, Levels, 2-3 Air Compressors with Hose and Nail Gun.

For more information:
Robin Mayer
(406) 585-4853


HFV Community Q&A

Do you have questions, concerns, or want to get involved in Housing First Village?  Join us at the Bozeman Public Library on May 24 at 5:30pm.  Presenters will be MSU Architecture Professor Ralph Johnson, Community Leader and Deacon Connie Campbell-Pearson, and HRDC Housing Director Sara Savage.  Light refershments will be provided.