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How Montana is Working to Break Down Barriers to Fair Housing

Guest Column by Bruce Brensdal and Jennifer Olson

Beautiful image of Helena from atop Mount Helena.

There’s no better place to live, work, and play than Montana. Building a successful life here starts with having an affordable and accessible place to call home. Still, for many Montanans finding a stable home can come with barriers. We know families are encountering rising housing costs, a low supply of affordable apartments, and housing choice barriers. Every day our teams here at the Montana Department of Commerce are working to break down these barriers and make access to safe housing affordable and accessible.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Helena Renovation Project Keeps 118 Affordable, Accessible Apartments Available to Low-Income Seniors

Project creates 73 jobs, generates $6 million in wages

Guardian Apartments Exterior

Thanks to a partnership among private and public organizations, 118 affordable and accessible Helena apartments have been fully renovated and will remain available for the next 45 years to low-income seniors and those with a disability.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

VIDEO: Accessible, Affordable Housing is the Key to Living a Full, Independent Life

April is Fair Housing Month

Accessible, Affordable Housing is the Key to Living a Full, Independent Life

For many Montanans, finding accessible and stable housing can mean the difference between living an independent, healthy life or struggling to get by. That’s why the Montana Department of Commerce is recognizing Fair Housing Month, and continuing to work with property owners to develop more accessible, affordable housing options.

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Moody’s Upgrades Montana Board of Housing Rating

Montana Board of Housing’s rating has been upgraded to A1

Credit: woodleywonderworks, Flickr Creative Commons

The Montana Board of Housing’s credit rating has been upgraded by Moody’s Investors Service which will result in the board being able to provide more low-interest mortgages to Montanans.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April is Fair Housing Month

Montana Department of Commerce continues to advocate for access to safe, stable housing

Big Boulder Apartments were built in 2009

April is Fair Housing Month, and the Montana Department of Commerce continues to work with landlords, tenants and property managers to ensure more folks have access to safe and stable housing.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Montana Board of Housing Boosts Access to Affordable Homes After $42 Million Bond Sale

Picture includes entire group of financial advisors for the Montana Board of Housing that is required for each bond issue.

The Montana Board of Housing has sold nearly $42 million in bonds with the proceeds of that sale going to fund loans for first-time homebuyers.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Governor Bullock Celebrates Groundbreaking for Red Fox Apartments

Housing development to create jobs and provide affordable housing for hard-working Montanans

Red Fox Groundbreaking in Billings

“Every Montanan deserves a safe and healthy place to call home,” Governor Bullock said. “We know that kids do better in school when they have a stable home. We know adults will have a better chance at getting to work every morning when they know they’ll make rent and have a community of support. And we know that towns in Montana do better when their workers can afford to live where the jobs are.”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Legislature’s Bipartisan Action Will Benefit more Montana Homebuyers

Montana Board of Housing gets Approval to Provide High-Quality Mortgage Servicing to more Homebuyers

HB 26 bill signing

More Montanans will now have access to working with local loan servicers who are focused on ensuring families can stay in their homes thanks to the bi-partisan passage of House Bill 26 sponsored by Dillon Republican Tom Welch.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Governor Bullock Announces New Director of the Montana Department of Commerce

Governor praises Pam Haxby-Cote’s commitment to growing Montana’s economy, building communities, marketing Montana and creating jobs for hard-working Montanans

MONTANA – Montana Governor Steve Bullock today announced Pam Haxby-Cote will serve as the Director of the Montana Department of Commerce.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Montana Receives $3 Million in New Funds to Develop Affordable Housing

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).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
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