HHA received funding through HUD’s Public Housing Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities (CFCF) program and was one of only ten housing authorities across the country selected for this funding. HHA partnered with a number of local agencies to leverage resources and work collaboratively to meet some of the greatest community needs in Montana’s capital city.
The building achieved the highest possible Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating (Platinum status) for new construction. Buildings attaining this level of efficiency are considered among the greenest in the world.
The Helena Learning Center (HLC, originally titled Early Learning and Job Training Center), located at 940 N. Roberts Street, has two large classrooms that currently house Child’s Play Preschool (contact Darla Jackson (406) 439-6638) and Florence Crittenton’s Community Outreach Center. Along with these larger rooms are two offices occupied by Florence Crittenton and Career Training Institute. Each community provider shares an industrial-size kitchen, which is also used by Kim Degner, (406) 447-8042, who teaches nutrition education to SNAP participants and persons eligible to receive benefits through the SNAP-ED program. Lastly, the HLC offers a community room that is available to interested parites for agency training space, group meetings, etc. If you would like to host a function in this state-of-the-art community space, please contact HHA’s receptionist at (406) 442-7970 with questions or reservation requests.
To see the Helena Learning Center’s page on the U.S. Green Building Council’s website, click here.
To see the ceremony dedication press release by the Helena Independent Record, featuring a photo of former HHA Executive Director Josh LaFromboise and HUD Helena Field Director Erik Amundson performing the ribbon-cutting on February 13, 2014, please click here.