HELENA, Mont. – Five Montana communities are working with the Montana Department of Commerce Community Development Division to plan and develop affordable housing options thanks to new funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Montana will receive $3 million from HUD’s Housing Trust Fund to build or rehabilitate long-term affordable housing units.
“We’re excited to have an additional resource to make sure more Montanans have safe and secure affordable housing,” said Community Development Division Administrator Jennifer Olson. “The Housing Trust Fund will help towns address their housing needs and continue to build vibrant communities.”
The five communities that have submitted their initial proposals for the funding include: Havre, Lewistown, Livingston, Missoula and Wolf Point/Culbertson. Each community is now invited to submit their final application. Awards will be made this spring.
In addition, The Department of Commerce Community Development Division and its 13 partners will begin working toward the development of a statewide Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) through a public engagement process. This process will result in creating goals to increase fair housing choice and provide an equal opportunity for community members to learn about their local planning process.
Click here to learn more about the Housing Trust Fund.