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. (Audio)
Public Hearing for HUD “Mega Waiver,” Amendments to Montana’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans, and Development of Montana’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan
To participate in the public hearing via webinar, register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2532704549664846347
(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 Periods and Virtual Public Hearing for HUD “Mega Waiver,” Amendments
to Montana’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plans, and Development of Montana’s 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan
The State of Montana, through the Departments of Commerce (Commerce) and Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), is:
- Requesting a “Mega Waiver” from the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will waive certain regulatory requirements associated with Montana’s Consolidated Plan process and its Community Planning and Development (CPD) grant programs Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS or “HOPWA” and Emergency Solutions Grant or “ESG” to prevent the spread of COVID-19, mitigate its economic impacts, and assist impacted communities and households. Among other things, the waiver will allow for expedited use of CPD grant program funding, provide greater flexibility in noticing and public engagement processes, and extend the development and submission of the State’s 2020–2024 Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development (ConPlan) and 2020–2021 Annual Action Plan (AAP) to August 2021. Importantly, the 2015–2019 ConPlan and 2018–2019 AAP, as well as the 2020–2024 ConPlan and 2020–2021 AAP will outline the use of not only CPD formula program funds but also those funds received as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). CPD grant programs include CDBG, HOME, HTF, ESG, HOPWA, CDBG CARES, and ESG CARES.
- Amending the 2015–2019 ConPlan and associated AAPs for years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Amendments serve the purpose of allowing for the use of CDBG CARES and ESG CARES funds, as well as 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 (a) Urgent Need and (b) 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 Mega Waiver, 2015–2019 ConPlan and all associated AAP amendments, and 2020–2024 ConPlan development. The public hearing will present citizens with an overview of the State’s efforts to use existing and new resources to effectively respond to COVID-19, enumerate proposed updates to the 2015–2019 ConPlan and all associated AAP documents, and detail 2020–2024 ConPlan development efforts. The hearing will provide all interested parties with an opportunity to give input and participate in the waiver, amendment, and development processes. Comments regarding the Mega Waiver and program changes announced in the aforementioned plans must be submitted to Commerce no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 15, 2020. Due to the previously announced public comment period that began on March 29, 2020, Commerce will still respond to any comments submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2020, regarding the 2015–2019 ConPlan and AAP amendments, but will implement changes allowed under the Mega Waiver beginning April 16, 2020. Commerce will consider any comments or views provided in writing or orally during the public hearing while implementing its waiver flexibilities, amending its 2015–2019 ConPlan and AAP documents, and/or developing its 2020–2024 ConPlan. Additional presentation materials will also be made available in advance of the public hearing on the Commerce website.
The amended 2015–2020 ConPlan and associated amended AAPs for years 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 are available for review at https://commerce.mt.gov/conplan/documents.
Click here to view the State’s Summary Document for the CPD Mega Waiver and Waiver Request; Click here to view the State’s updated Citizen Participation Plan.
Click here to view Public Hearing presentation.
Written comments may be submitted to the address or email below:
Montana Department of Commerce
Community Development Division
301 S. Park Avenue
P.O. Box 200523
Helena, MT 59620-0523
Have questions? Email DOCConPlan@mt.gov.
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 DOCConPlan@mt.gov.