Financial & Housing Assistance

​​​​2-1-1 First Call for Help ~ Human Resource Council (HRC)

HRC was the first 2-1-1 telephone information and referral program in the State of Montana (Call 2-1-1 or 549-5555 serving Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli Counties 24 hours per day) with housing, health, education, training and employment resources.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP):

HRC Mineral County: 211 Third Ave West, Superior (406) 822-4251,

HRC Missoula County: 1801 S. Higgins Ave, Missoula (406) 728-3710,

HRC Ravalli County: 303 N. Third, Hamilton (406) 363-6101,


Able Forces

Able Forces Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, founded by a disabled veteran with a MISSION to provide immediate financial assistance to military and veteran families identified in financial crisis by military base or veteran Advocates.

115 Chester Street, Suite B, Front Royal, VA 22630

Questions: (540) 631-9600,

​American Red Cross of Montana ~ “Service to the Armed Forces” (SAF)

Emergency Communications, Financial Assistance, Resiliency, Veteran Appeals, etc.

SAF Program Manager: Sara (406) 750-9939,

Red Cross is the “Communication Arm of the Military”

Reconnection Workshops:

“Be Red Cross Ready!”

VOLUNTEER - Missoula contact: Gini, (406) 750-9939,  

Or, Erin Helm, Disaster Program Specialist, Western Montana,

AMC Space Available Travel

When congress signed the National Defense Authorization Act in 2018, 100-percent service connected disabled Veterans became eligible for Space Available Travel. Better known as ‘Space-A’ or military hops, Air Mobility Command (AMC) maintains an extensive network of flights throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

At Risk Housing Coalition (ARHC) ~ City of Missoula Homeless Initiatives

ARHC continues to work on issues surrounding low-income housing and homelessness in Missoula and coordinates the local effort to plan and provide comprehensive services through a continuum of care.


Backpacks For Life ~ Veteran Owned Business (VOB)

Inspired by an USMC Veteran, The Bowery Pack was designed and engineered to not only sustain our homeless veterans during their time on the streets but also serves as a vessel suitable for your travel, hiking, and everyday needs.


Birch Gold Group ~ Veterans Benefits For Financial Security and Retirement

Veterans Benefits for Financial Security and Paying for Healthcare

My dad served and although he’s not one for being in the spotlight, I know it means a lot to him to know that others in this great nation value our armed forces. I’m grateful for the sacrifices my parents made and all of their hard work, and I’d like to help others finish strong.

Questions: Jim Lucas,

Bob Woodruff Foundation ~ Grants

The Bob Woodruff Foundation is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, and their families are thriving long after they return home.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc (PHWFF) has received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF)

Contact: (646) 441-6864,

CELL PHONES (Free or Reduced)

"People with Medicaid, SSI and other govt. programs can qualify for a free or greatly reduced cost cell phone service!"


The Bethel Community Church Clothes Closet ~ FREE Clothing For Men, Women & Kids of All Ages as well as bedding, towels, back packs, duffels; Open Tuesdays 10am – 1pm

1601 South 6th St. West (one block west of Russell), Missoula, (406) 721-2780,

Coldwell Banker The Brokers ~ Realogy Military Rewards

When you connect with a real estate agent, earn between $350 to $7,500 in cash back* or rewards when you buy and/or sell a home.

Questions: Rachel Court, Coldwell Banker The Brokers, (406) 794-9915,

DAV Disaster Relief

Our Disaster Relief Program supports veterans, service members, surviving spouses and their families during times of great need in the aftermath of isolated/large-scale disasters.

Questions: Fort Harrison, (406) 495-2089

Engel & Völkers ~ Broker & Spouse of Combat Vet

Interested in meeting with Bitterroot business owners, Veterans, and spouses. “Home Tomorrow” gives a portion of commission back to local Veteran non-profits.

102 B Main, Stevensville

Contact: Heidi Stahl, Broker license RRE-BRO-LIC-69841, (406) 207-1073,

Grants for Veterans ~ Low Income Veterans

Assistance for low income veterans with finding free grants. These grants help veterans with rent, housing, education, medical bills, and utility bills. Montana:

Questions: Carol Wright,

Grants for Veterans ~ Montana

Grants for veterans for homes, home improvement, and business. Grants for the disabled veteran, small business grants for veterans and grants for individuals and organizations supporting veterans and their families.

Questions: (561) 249-4129 or submit question at:

Homeless Veteran Recovery Program (VA Montana Healthcare System)

Ryan Luchau, Community Employment Coordinator, Montana VA Health Care System ~ To support Veterans navigating through some form of recovery and wanting to get back into the workforce. 3687 Veterans Dr., Fort Harrison, (406) 447-7340,

Homes for Heroes ~ Affiliate Lenders

  • Galipeau Mortgage

2620 Connery Way, Suite 100, Missoula, (406) 926-2618

Contact: Jackie Galipeau, C (406) 239-3473,

  • Keller Williams Western Montana

1817 South Ave. W., Missoula,

Wendy Bush, Realtor, (406) 531-4873,

Homeword ~ Homebuyers, Rent Wise & Financial Fitness Workshops

1535 Liberty Lane, Suite #116A, Missoula

Financial Fitness Classes (Introduction to Achievable Savings Goals, Credit Repair, Retirement Strategy, Debt Repayment Plans, and Building YOUR Financial Freedom):

Questions: Katie Sadowski,

Montana Street Homes ~

Questions: (406) 532-4663,  

Hope Rescue Mission (formerly Union Gospel Mission)

Hope Thrift Boutique, 702 SW Higgins Missoula, MT 58903  

Food & hygiene items, clothing & household goods. Helping People get back on their feet and restoring HOPE and resources in their time of need.


Questions: Hope Rescue Mission, 549-HOPE (4673),

Or, April, Director Of Community Outreach (406) 542-5240,

Housing ~ Montana Department of Commerce

301 S. Park Ave., Suite 240, Helena, MT 59620

Montana Housing strengthens our vibrant communities by supporting access to safe, affordable and sustainable homes for Montanans whose housing needs are not met by the market.

Questions: (406) 841-2840,

Or, TOLL FREE: 800-761-6264 

Housing Montana Heroes ~ The Poverello Center, Inc.

1110 W. Broadway, Msla, (406) 728-1809

Housing Montana Heroes (HMH) ~ Veterans Transitional Housing Program / Initial Intake: (406) 728-1809

​Valor House, 2820 Great Northern Loop, Msla, (406) 829-3928

Grant and Per Diem Program (GDP) VA’s GPD provides short-term or transitional housing to Veterans experiencing homelessness. During their stay, Veterans are provided with services related to substance use disorders, life skills, and/or employment in preparation for independent living.

Questions: The Poverello Center: Amy Allison Thompson, (406) 532-6677,
Director of Veteran Services: Jill Bonny, MSW, SWLC, The Poverello Center, (406) 532-6685,
Housing Montana Heroes: Joy Maulvi, (406) 532-6685,
Veteran Housing Retention: Clair Bopp, (406) 493-5736,
Valor House: Alena Gostnell, (406) 829-3928,

The Independence Fund

To assist Veteran families who may be experiencing financial challenges, the Independence Fund established a new program, Independence@Home, to help homebound Veterans with emergent costs like rent, utilities, childcare, transportation, and grocery and medical product delivery.

VA Blog:

Questions: (888) 851-7996,

​Missoula Economic Partnership ~ Big Sky Trust Fund Grants




Or, Nicole Rush, Business Initiatives Director (406) 541-6461, Cell (406) 594-7874,

Missoula Food Bank & Community Center

1720 Wyoming St., Msla, (406) 549-0543

After school drop-in program (activities & free snacks): 3:30-6pm Monday & Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-6pm

Missoula Housing Authority (MHA)  ****** VSN Housing Leadership ****** ~ APPLY:

1235 34th St., Missoula

Through creative partnerships and innovative development, the Missoula Housing Authority provides quality housing solutions for low and middle-income households in Missoula and the surrounding area.

Family Self Sufficiency Program

This is a voluntary program designed to help individuals and families achieve their goals of employment and creating a savings.  If you have a Housing Choice Voucher with MHA or live in Public Housing and have goals of employment.

FSS Coordinators at Missoula Housing Authority (Section 8): (406) 549-4113 

Tamara Kindred (A-K) FSS Coordinator (Section 8), Extension 121,  

Rebecca Stancil (L-Z) FSS Coordinator (Section 8), Ext. 106,     

FSS (Public Housing) Sierra Lowney PHFSS Coordinator, Ext. 112, 

FSS is a five-year, voluntary program for people who have housing subsidy vouchers and may be working through challenges such as employment, education, legal issues, basic needs, or financial problems. Missoula Aging Services has offered help to people who don’t have computer access:

Having issues with registering? Please contact Shanda Walker, (406) 549-4113 ext. 113,

Our monthly Board Meetings are open to the public. Check out our website for the current month board packet and past minutes:

Questions (VSN Leadership Team): Rebecca Stancil, Missoula Housing Authority, Family Self Sufficiency Director, (406) 549-4113 ext 106,

Missoula Mutual Aid Warehouse

150 S. Catlin St., Missoula

Everything is FREE and they don’t ask any questions except, “what do you need?” Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food; Cat/Dog soft & wet food; Cleaning products such as gallon of Clorox, gallon of vinegar, dish soap, sometimes laundry detergent (supply varies); Paper towels; Toilet paper; Feminine hygiene products; Razors, shaving cream; Thermometers; Can openers

HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays: 10am-7pm; Wednesdays 10am-1pm; Closed Friday-Sunday

Questions / Coordinate delivery: (406) 219-1843

Montana DPHHS Senior & Long Term Care, Veterans’ Home Services

To advocate and promote dignity and independence for older Montanans and Montanans with disabilities.

Senior and Long Term Care Division
General Help & Questions
(406) 444-4077

Montana Fair Housing

Assistance with Fair Housing complaints, investigate allegations, and so much more!

Questions: Jodi Bartscher, Investigations Coordinator, (406) 782-2573,

Montana Veterans Home ~ Columbia Falls

400 Veterans Dr., Columbia Falls, MT 59912

The Montana Veterans' Home is a Medicare/Medicaid and Veterans' Administration certified facility with 105 intermediate/skilled-care beds and 12 domiciliary beds. The nursing facility includes a 15-bed Alzheimer’s unit. MVH has been providing services to Veterans since 1896.

Contact: (406) 892-3256

Or, Joren Underdahl, Administrator,

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) will end homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers.

Questions: (202) 546-1969,

Navy Federal Credit Union

Home Now offers down payment assistance for Montana homebuyers. The program covers up to 100% of down payment and closing costs, and it’s not limited to first-time homebuyers. Navy Feder-al Credit Union offers the Military Choice Loan as a no-down-payment option for servicemembers, veterans and reservists for serving our country.

Questions: Rachel Court, Coldwell Banker The Brokers, (406) 794-9915,

NW Montana Veterans Stand Down & Food Pantry 

1349 Hwy 2 East, Kalispell MT 59901

Operation Warrior Sanctuary ~ Veterans Retreat in the Swan Valley (Daily Interlake 6/9/19), “Mission Possible — Food pantry founders turning former Swan Valley boot camp into veterans center”

“The Northwest Montana Veterans Stand Down and Food Pantry is in need of volunteers to help refurbish Camp Ponderosa, the former Swan River Correctional Training Center near Condon. Cash donation and in-kind donations of equipment such as a heating and cooling system are also welcome.”

Questions: Allen Erickson, (406) 756-7304,

Or, Cinnamon Davis-Hall, Community Outreach Specialist, NW MT Veterans Food Pantry & Stand Down, (406) 250-2394,

Operation HomeFront  

PENFED Foundation

Emergency Financial Assistance: The Military Heroes Fund emergency financial assistance program offers financial assistance for wounded, ill, and injured post 9-11 veterans who are experiencing an unexpected short term (1- 2 months) financial setback.


Help Line (M - F 8:30AM – 4:30PM online 1-888-706-1535

Montana DPHHS, OFFICE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (OPA), 2677 Palmer, Suite 100, Missoula,

HAMILTON, 310 N 3rd St, Hamilton,
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps); Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF); Health Coverage (Medicaid; Medicaid Expansion Programs; Health Coverage for the Aged, Blind, or Disabled, & Medicare Premium Assistance); Emergency Assistance to Families with Children; Referrals

Questions: Kara Thomas, Field Operation Manager, Missoula Field Office of Public Assistance, Public Assistance Bureau/HCSD/DPHHS, (406) 329-1233,

Double SNAP Dollars

Shop with SNAP/EBT and get bonus fruits & vegetables – swipe your EBT card to buy SNAP eligible foods.

Missoula: Farmers Market, N. Higgins Ave. by the XXX’s ($20 match per market) Saturdays May – October, 8am – 12:30pm and Tuesdays June – September, 5:30 – 7pm

Clark Fork Market: Under the Higgins Bridge ($20 match per market) Saturdays May – October, 8am – 1pm

Questions: (406) 926-1004,

Retired Military & Annuitants Online

Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)

Request a 1099-R, report the death of a retiree, manage your retirement, and more!

Salvation Army

355 S. Russell St., Missoula, (406) 549-0710, Hours: 9am – 3pm

Social Services: Showers, laundry, food boxes, rental assistance, utility assistance, gas / bus vouchers, hygiene kits,

school backpacks / clothes, Christmas toys / food.

9/23/20 Computer Use, "Salvation Army is open from 9-12, M-TH for people to use their computers for only JOBS and HOUSING (a couple of computers available)."

Church Services: Sunday School (9:30am), Sunday Worship (10:45am), Men’s Fellowship (Sun at 5:30pm)

Family Night Programs – Wednesdays 5:30pm (Kids’ Character Building Programs, Adult Bible Study)  

Questions: SA (406) 549-0710

Semper Fi Fund

In the hour of need, our heroes deserve the very best care and support. We are committed to being there at the time of injury or illness and, if necessary, for a lifetime. Please reach out today.

Questions: 760-725-3680


Missoula Aging Services

Veteran Directed HCBS (Home Care)

Or, Montana DPHHS Senior & Long Term Care, Veterans’ Home Services 

Social Security

One time Social Security Survivor Benefit of $255.

Questions: Missoula Aging Services (406) 728-7682

Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH) – Butte
Please send applications to Shaunda Hildebrand at PO Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604; (406) 444-4209

*** 7/2020 update, "The new Southwest Montana Veterans Home is making great progress! Please reach out to the State Liaison - Southwest Montana Veterans Home, Senior & Long Term Care Division, MT Dept. of Public Health & Human Services, 65 Veterans Circle, Butte, MT 59701:

Mark Gollinger, (406) 465-3908,

Stockman Bank ~ VA Home Loans

321 W. Broadway, Missoula

Contact: Becky Pederson, Marine Veteran and Real Estate Loan Officer, (406) 258-1437, Cell (406) 880-6452,

United Veterans Council (UVC) of Missoula and Ravalli Counties:

​Veterans Relief Fund ~ Emergency $ 24-hour-a-day hotline: (406) 544-2583 (Veterans only).

Must show DD214 ~ Limit $50 per Veteran per year, depending upon the need.

The UVC was formally organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1994. Private money pays for all the donations.

They host and plan all Memorial Day services, Flag Day ceremonies, and host, organize, and distribute “Santa Socks,” Valentines, Easter cards, and Thanksgiving food baskets. The UVC is made up of members of the American Legion and their auxiliaries, Veterans of Foreign Wars and their auxiliaries, Marine Corps League, Elks Lodge and DAV.

DONATE: Mail to Associated Veterans Relief Board of UVC, P.O. Box 5201, Missoula, MT 59806-5201  

Questions: Susan Campbell Reneau, UVC, (719) 661-4037,

United Way of Missoula County

412 W. Alder St., Missoula

Education, health, income, and “Reaching Home”

Questions: (406) 549-6104,

Or, Theresa Williams, LCSW, Reaching Home Coordinator, United Way of Missoula County, (406) 552-6398,

NW Montana: 1203 US Highway 2 W Ste 31, Kalispell, (406) 752-8181,

Roxanna Parker, Executive Director, United Way of Kalispell, (406) 752-7266

USA Cares


USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their families.

Questions: 1-800-773-0387,


Insurance, Banking, Investments, Advice

​U.S Small Business Administration ~  Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

Contact: Brent E. Donnelly, District Director – Montana, U.S. Small Business Administration, Desk: 406-441-1083, Mobile: 406-439-7613, .

VA Home Front

877-4AID-VET, 877-424-3838,

​​​​​​​​​VA Home Loans


Things to know to build a home using a VA construction loan

​​VA ~ Homeless Veterans

VA BLOG: Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness is a growing issue, and goes beyond housing with impacts to physical and mental health. VA has a new guidebook offering information on VA resources, programs, and services to help with housing and improving mental well-being:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) ~ A collaborative program between HUD and VA where eligible homeless Veterans receive a Housing Choice rental voucher from HUD, paired with VA providing case management and supportive services to sustain housing stability and recovery from physical and mental health problems, substance use disorders, and functional concerns contributing to or resulting from homelessness. HUD-VASH subscribes to the principles of the Housing First model of care. Program goals include housing stability while promoting maximum Veteran recovery and independence in the community for the Veteran and the Veteran’s family. US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Questions: Amy (406) 493-3724,

The HUD – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program

Collaborative effort where low-income Veterans receive section 8 rental vouchers plus case management and supportive services.  

8/20/20 VSP Meeting, "Erick said they currently have 90 vouchers to fill; however, there are no rentals available in Missoula." If you know property owners, please let them know that we need the communities support. There are many benefits for landlords to participate in the program:

  • HUD-VASH Case Managers collaborate with VOA for temporary assistance, assist Veterans with the landlord applications, and help them transition into a voucher for an apartment. They currently have 6 Case Managers, and they’re hiring another CM and Peer Support Specialist.

  • Additional resources, brochures, etc.:

  • Rebecca added that MHA also utilizes the Salvation Army’s Food & Assistance Program.

  • John also added that the American Legion has the Temporary Financial Assistance Applications available from their “Americanism and Children & Youth Division” for Veterans with children. Applicationn available online:

VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)


Questions: (877) 424-3838 (Available 24/7)


VA Nutrition & Food Services

Develops and provides comprehensive evidenced based nutritional services for our Veterans and their families across VHA’s health care facilities. NFS delivers safe and high quality patient food services.

More info / VA BLOG:

The Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Service Program

Missoula Aging Services

Helps Veterans remain independent. To qualify, you must be enrolled in VA Healthcare, and the VA determines eligibility of the Veteran.

MAS Home Care:

Contact: Shelli Fortune, Veteran Directed HCBS Care Coordinator, MAS, (406) 728-7682,

Or, Heather Bergerson,

Veteran’s Guide to Saving on Housing Costs
Walks readers through the many ways they can save throughout home-buying process (not just through the VA loan).

Our writer even worked alongside veteran experts to get their take on how to save!

Questions: Lauren Thomas (,

Veterans Meat Locker, Helena

Facebook page:

Veteran nonprofit that provides professionally processed and packaged meat to Veterans and service members at NO COST w/proof of service.

Questions: Christina Baker (406) 438-2179

Veteran Stand Downs – Nationwide

Veteran United Home Loans

VA Home Loans with no down payment, no mortgage insurance, and no loan limits. Service designed for Veterans.

Questions: (800) 590-2302

Veterans Upward Bound ~ Dave Ramsey Financial Peace

Stacie offers a special workshop that may be of interest to Veterans ~ Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University:  This class has had amazing results for the Veterans and family members who have taken it. FREE for Veterans. Leave money stress behind. You shouldn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck. If your bills are suffocating you, we’ve got a plan to help. Dave Ramsey and his team of financial experts will show you how to beat debt and never worry about money again.

Stacie can also assist you with VUB program questions, outreach or tax prep assistance

Contact: Stacie Grandpre Administrative Services Coordinator, (406) 209-8609,

Schedule Appointment with Stacie []

Volunteers of America ~ Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) & Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)

  • HVRP provides homeless / at risk Veterans assistance w/obtaining gainful, long term, and meaningful employment. HVRP provides additional job hunting support services called “Individual Case Management” which includes job search assistance (resume reviews / preparation, referrals, interviewing skills, and retention / post-employment services), vocational training (financial assistance to get into training programs), transportation assistance, work tools / phone / clothing assistance.

  • SSVF is designed to assist with housing stability. Eligible veterans receive case management and referrals to Veteran Administration (VA) and community resources for securing or maintaining permanent housing. Participants may be eligible to receive short term financial assistance. SSVF provides eligible Veteran families with Case Management, assistance obtaining VA benefits, and other supportive services

VOA - HVRP Missoula: Nancy Wittmier, Employment Service Coordinator, (406) 926-3600,

VOA - SSVF Missoula: Kimberly Bell, Service Coordinator, (406) 926-3600,

VOA - HVRP Helena: Scott Brooke, Volunteers of America Northern Rockies, HVRP Program Manager, 406.996.1139, C 406.270.8074,

Western Montana Mental Health Center

1315 Wyoming St., Missoula

ASK about Montana DPHHS' Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program (for individuals who have a serious mental illness, or co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorder, and is experiencing homelessness or is at imminent risk of becoming homeless): Case Management, referrals to community behavioral health services, support services, health / dental services, job training, education services, and housing services.

Questions: (406) 532-9700,


1130 W. Broadway, Missoula

Women / children shelter assistance: Gateway Assessment Center, short term motel voucher assistance (3 days – 1/month).

Emergency Housing – 50 day hotel voucher

Transitional Housing - 18month, 2 year subsidized program (pay 30% of income to rent)

Rapid Re-Housing – help with security deposit + 2 months rent

Walk-ins: 12-4 Monday-Friday (wait list)

Questions: (406) 543-6691


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