Affordable Housing

A red building of housing units.
Montana Department of Commerce

The Montana Department of Commerce announced Feb. 11 that four towns will receive state funding to support development and rehabilitation of affordable rental homes.

A woman leans over a table where pictures are laid out in a grid.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio


As Livingston grows, residents are trying to figure out if the community should focus on maintaining a small town feel, capturing more tourists on their way to Yellowstone National Park or providing cheap housing for Bozeman.

A red building of housing units.
Montana Department of Commerce

The Montana Department of Commerce announced this week that for the first time, state dollars are available to develop affordable rental homes for low- to moderate-income residents.

Aerial view of Bozeman, 2008.
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Montana’s fastest growing city is moving one step closer on a plan intended to tackle affordable housing.

Community leaders and affordable housing advocates break ground where 24 townhomes will be built as the Willow Springs Townhomes development in Bozeman, Montana, August 28, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Construction on Bozeman’s newest affordable housing project begins this week. There’s a waitlist of 200 individuals and families.

Amy Kelley Hoitsma (left) and Suzanne Held (right) visit Tin Works warehouse in Bozeman where the PhotoVoicesNE project will be displayed, July 17, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

As Bozeman undergoes rapid growth and development, a neighborhood north of downtown is trying to preserve its history and quirkiness.

Screenshot of development projects in Bozeman from the city's Community Developer Viewer, July 18, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

A non-profit organization that serves more than 12,000 people in southwest Montana is updating its community needs assessment. It helps determine which projects get the green light and affects how millions of dollars are allocated. Communities across Park, Gallatin and Meagher Counties identified affordable housing as one of the top priorities in the last assessment three years ago.

A Flathead County land use consulting company is suing the City of Whitefish, saying it violated Montana open meeting laws when it crafted its recently implemented affordable housing policy.

Representatives from Big Sky School District, Habitat for Humanity and the community dig into the future site of affordable housing for Big Sky teachers, July 12, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Public schools in Big Sky are losing teachers because their salaries can’t keep up with the median sale price for a single-family house, which currently sits at $1 million. A new partnership to bring affordable, on-site housing to the school district is trying to change that.

A $6 million affordable housing project in Ronan is set to become a reality later this year.

Monday, Lake County Community Housing and Ronan Housing Authority received a $450,000 Montana Department of Commerce grant, the last piece of funding it needs to build a 40-unit apartment complex.

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