The Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) Program is a federal block grant program directed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is designed to create affordable housing for low-income households. The Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) is responsible for the administration of HOME within the state of Montana. MDOC provides HOME funds to units of local government (counties and incorporated cities and towns) throughout the state. An individual may not apply directly to the state HOME Program.
The purposes of the HOME Program include expanding the supply of affordable housing for low- and very low-income persons; improving the means of state and local governments to implement strategies to achieve adequate supplies of decent, affordable housing; and providing both financial and technical assistance to participants to develop model programs for affordable, low-income housing.
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.