HOME Program

Application Forms


For the past several years, the Department of Commerce has received HOME Program applications for review on a rolling basis. After allocating all available HOME funds in the fall of 2018, the Community Development Division held eligible applications received to date on that rolling basis with the commitment to consider them once additional HOME funds became available. Commerce anticipates receiving its 2019 allocation from HUD this fall.  After considering the HOME applications held from last fall during the rolling basis review, CDD anticipates there will be approximately $500,000 in HOME funds available from Commerce’s 2019 HUD allocation. There will be $4.5 million available from the HTF program. The deadline to apply for HOME and HTF Funds for this cycle, is November 22, 2019. Going forward, for both HOME and HTF, applications will no longer be considered on a rolling basis.The next deadline, which will distribute 2020 HOME and HTF funds, is September 15, 2020.


Contact CDD staff at DOCCDD@mt.gov or 406-841-2770 with any questions regarding HOME Program regulations or future applications.  


HOME and HTF Application Deadline: November 22, 2019

Application also available in Word Format.

Public Comments and Responses

Applications received after November 22, 2019 will only be considered if additional funds are available. 

Please see the Toolkit for additional Application Toolkit documents.

Uniform Application for Montana Housing Projects (click here).

2018 HOME Program Subsidy Limits (PDF), effective June 4, 2018

2018 HOME Program Purchase Price Limits - Existing Housing (PDF), effective March 2018

2018 HOME Program Purchase Price Limits - Newly Constructed Housing (PDF), effective March 2018

As of April 22, 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Program Rule applies to paid renovators who work in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities, including: renovation contractors, maintenance workers in multi-family housing, painters, and other specialty trades. Under the rule, child-occupied facilities are defined as residential, public, or commercial buildings where children under age six are present on a regular basis. Contractors are required to have a certified renovator on board for each job taking place in a home or facility defined by the rule.

There are some differences between the EPA RRP Rule and the HUD Lead Safe Housing Rule (LSHR). A major difference is that the LSHR requires clearance examinations. All housing receiving federal assistance must still comply with the LSHR. Read more about complying with the LSHR and RRP.

EPA-Authorized Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting Courses are offered by the Montana Weatherization Training Center at MSU - Bozeman, the only EPA accredited training provider in Montana.

Projects involving structures built prior to 1980 are considered to have the potential for LBP and procedures have been developed to ensure compliance with federal regulations. If structures are being funded by CDBG or HOME for rehabilitation or homebuyer assistance activities, the units must be tested for LBP and if positive, the LBP must be removed during rehabilitation or prior to occupancy. HOME or CDBG-assisted units constructed before 1980 must be tested for lead-based paint using HUD Performance Characteristics Sheet Testing and applicable industry standards. CDBG or HOME-assisted units must be free of lead-based paint prior to occupancy. For many projects, CDBG and HOME program funds can to be used to assist with the cost of LBP testing and remediation activities.

Grantees are required to document that proposed rehabilitation activities have been assessed for LBP or lead water service lines; that the applicant has the resources to ensure that certified LBP inspectors and contractors are available to accomplish the proposed activities; and that the cost and design of the proposed activity takes LBP removal and remediation into account. Applicants for CDBG and HOME funding are required to certify that they accept all program requirements, including compliance with all state and federal LBP requirements and regulations.

Commerce requires that Preliminary Architectural Reports (PARs) funded with state or federal funding through the Department, or submitted in support of a grant application for any state or federal funding, meet the requirements of the Department’s PAR requirements. Among other things the requirements include a description of all concerns, deficiencies, compliance issues, and relevant regulations related to LBP, evaluate the existence of LBP in any existing facilities, and describe all mitigation measures that will be implemented to remediate any LBP.

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