Consolidated Plan

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.

Consolidated Plan Public Hearings

Due to concerns of and in response to COVID-19, all public hearings will temporarily be conducted via webinar or phone, and no in-person meetings will take place, to protect against the possibility of spreading the virus.

Upcoming Webinar Tuesday, April 14, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Public Hearing for Amendments to the 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans

To participate in the public hearing via webinar, register here: 
(see below for more information)

Prior webinar Monday, March 23, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Audio) (PDF)

Public Hearing for the State of Montana 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan
for Housing and Community Development and Analysis of Impediments


Comment Period and Public Hearing for Amendments
to the 2015-2020 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans

The State of Montana, through the Departments of Commerce (Commerce) and Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), is amending its 2015–2020 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development (ConPlan) and associated Annual Action Plans (AAPs) for years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. (All amended documents are available for review at Amendments serve the purpose of expanding the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for not only the National Objective of Low and Moderate Income Benefit, but also for the National Objectives of (1) Urgent Need and (2) Slums and Blight. Due to repercussions of COVID-19, the State is considering using CDBG funds for Urgent Need activities.

Commerce and DPHHS will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 11:00 to 12:00 p.m. for the State’s 2015–2020 ConPlan and AAP amendments. The public hearing will present citizens with an overview of proposed updates to the 2015–2020 ConPlan and AAP documents and provide all interested parties with an opportunity to give input and participate in the amendment process. Comments must be submitted to Commerce no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2020. Commerce will consider any comments or views provided in writing or orally during the public hearing while amending the ConPlan and AAP documents, which are published and available for public review as of March 29, 2020. Additional presentation materials will also be made available in advance of the public hearing on the Commerce website.

Written comments may be submitted to the address or email below:         

Montana Department of Commerce
Community Development Division
Attn: ConPlan
301 S. Park Avenue
P.O. Box 200523
Helena, MT 59620-0523

The public hearing is open to all but will be limited to webinar and phone participation in response to COVID-19.  To participate in the public hearing via webinar or phone, please register using the link provided at

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The Department of Commerce will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities or who have a Limited English Proficiency and who wish to participate in this process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice or presentation materials. Presentation materials will be provided in advance of the hearing. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Commerce no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 10, 2020, to advise us on the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Bonnie Martello or email

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