State of Montana Consolidated Plan
A Plan to Help Meet the Needs of Montana's Communities and Residents
The Consolidated Plan is designed to meet the requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and various housing and community development acts passed by the U.S. Congress. The document is used by federal agencies to make decisions regarding resources made available to Montana for addressing issues related to affordable housing, homelessness, infrastructure, community facilities, economic development, and other community development needs.
The plan consolidates the planning, application, reporting, and citizen participation components of the formula programs that receive funding from HUD, with specific emphasis on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME), and the Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs.
Every five years a comprehensive strategic plan, the Consolidated Plan, is prepared and reports on housing conditions; community development issues and market conditions; provides an inventory of housing services and programs; and, describes broad priorities and objectives for housing and community development.
Annual Action Plans are submitted to further detail how the State will use HUD funds to carryout the programs through the expected resources available, types of activities offered, distribution of funds, and actions for the upcoming year. Each annual plan year begins April 1, and ends March 31. The Montana Department of Commerce does not determine the needs of Montana communities; rather, it provides statewide statistics and information that communities may use to determine and prioritize needs. Additionally, the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Reports (CAPER) are developed to report on the annual accomplishments of each program's activities. Each CAPER is reported during the summer after the end of the program year (March 31).
Citizen participation is essential for review and approval of all Montana Consolidated Plan documents and reports.