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Commerce Celebrates Opening of 100 Affordable Homes

Three new affordable apartment buildings open in Missoula

New apartment buildings in Missoula, Montana

Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote spoke Wednesday with a crowd gathered at the grand opening of Missoula’s Sweetgrass Commons, a new 27-unit affordable, accessible, and sustainable housing community. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

VIDEO: How Homebuyer Education Helps More Montanans Become First-Time Homeowners

June is National Home Ownership Month

Homebuyer education video screengrabs

For many Montanans, making a first-time home purchase can seem complicated and out of financial reach. But the Montana Department of Commerce and its partner organizations are offering classes to help prospective homebuyers learn about resources available when buying their first home.   

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Montana Commerce Director Presents Lifetime Achievement, Housing Champion Awards at Annual Conference

MBOH’s Top Statewide Participating Lender Award goes to Opportunity Bank

Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote Wednesday presented awards to the state’s affordable housing champions at the Annual Montana Housing Partnership Conference in Great Falls. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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

Community Development Projects Boost Jobs, Infrastructure, Access to Affordable Housing

April 17-22 is Community Development Week

Water pipe work

Each year, more than $5 million is awarded to Montana towns for community development projects that improve infrastructure, access to affordable housing, and increase training and job opportunities. The Montana Department of Commerce is recognizing National Community Development Week, April 17-22, by celebrating the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

Wednesday, April 19, 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

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
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