HOME Program

Application Forms


The Community Development Division (CDD) is pleased to announce that we have awarded all available HOME Program funds to excellent affordable housing projects throughout Montana.

The Department of Commerce receives applications for review on a rolling basis, in accordance with its current Annual Action Plan.  However, because all funds have been awarded, any HOME applications received by Commerce will be denied at this time and encouraged to reapply when additional HOME funds become available.  HOME funding is dependent upon Congressional budget approval and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s award of funding to the State, which may occur as late as fall 2019. 

CDD will complete the Annual Action Plan in the coming months and anticipates updating the HOME Application Guidelines as part of that process.  Housing partners, such as yourself, are critical as we look to improve HOME Program processes and we look forward to hearing from you during the Annual Action Plan discussions.


Please feel free to contact CDD staff at DOCCDD@mt.gov or 406-841-2770 with any questions regarding HOME Program regulations or future applications.  

NOTE: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and funds and awards are based on available funding. One hard copy and one electronic copy (either on compact disc or submitted through the State of Montana File Transfer Service) of the HOME application and a hard copy of the PAR must be postmarked or delivered to the Department of Commerce, 301 South Park Ave, Helena MT. Electronic copies of CDBG applications submitted on portable USB drives are discouraged. 

2014 HOME Program Application Guidelines (PDF) Updated January 13, 2014.

Applicants must obtain:

Certification of Consistency with the Consolidated Plan (Link)

Certificate of Consistency Information and Instruction (PDF)

Certificate of Consistency Request Form (Word) (Excel)

Uniform Application for Montana Housing Programs (Link) - updated December 2012 (required for all HOME competitive grant applications).

Exhibit 1:  Resolution to Authorize Submission of Application and Agreement to Certifications for Application (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 2:  General Information Notice: Residential Tenant Not Displaced (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 3:  Matching Contribution Requirements (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 4:  Meeting Notice (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 5:  Market Analysis (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 6:  Summary of HUD’s Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Requirements (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 7-A:  Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan - Multifamily Housing (PDF)

Exhibit 7-B:  Affirmative Fair Housing Marketing Plan - Single Family Housing (PDF)

Exhibit 8:  SROs and Group Homes Compared (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 9:  Prohibited Lease Terms and Checklist to Verify the Lease Conforms to HOME Requirements (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 10:  Tenant Selection Procedures (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 11:  Required Order of Application (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 12:  Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 13:  Reserved

Exhibit 14:  Management Plan for Rental Activities (Word)

Exhibit 15A:  Montana Maximum per Unit Subsidy Limits(Word) (PDF); Effective January 1, 2012.  Updated January 9, 2014.

Exhibit 15B-1:  Existing Housing - Maximum Purchase Price and After Rehabilitation Value Limits  (Word) (PDF); Updated January 21, 2014.

Exhibit 15B-2:  New Construction Housing - Maximum Purchase Price and After-Rehabilitation Value Limits (Word) (PDF); Updated January 21, 2014.

Exhibit 16:  Rules for Combining Home Funds and Low Income Housing Tax Credits (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 17:  Managing Rental Unit Mix under HOME (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 18:  Exempt Activities (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 19:  Unit Mix Examples for Projects with Five (5) or More HOME-Assisted Units (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 20:  Sample Voluntary Agreement (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 21:  Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act Basics (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 22:  Subsidy Layering Policy (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 23:  Minimum Property Standards (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 24:  New Construction Site and Neighborhood Standards for Rental Projects (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 25:  Property Maintenance, Repair, and Replacement (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 26:  Temporary Relocation Plan - Rental Projects (Word) (PDF)

Exhibit 27:  HUD Utility Schedule Model - HUD-52667 (Excel)

Exhibit 28:  HUD Utility Schedule Instructions (Word) (PDF)

2018 HOME Program Income Limits (PDF), effective June 1, 2018

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

2018 HOME Program Rent Limits (PDF), effective June 1, 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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