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Housing Assistance & Programs

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

http://www.hrcxi.org/

FREE confidential referral and information helpline and website open 24 hrs/day, 7 days/wk (Call 2-1-1 or 549-5555): Shelter and housing options; disaster relief; Veteran services; AND MORE!

Emergency Winter Shelters: https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/DocumentCenter/View/58596/WarmingShelterMap_2021

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP): http://humanresourcecouncil.org/energy-bill-assistance-services

HRC Mineral County: 211 Third Ave West, Superior (406) 822-4251, info@hrcxi.org

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

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

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

https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/2124/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.

Winter Rental Assistance program: Applications to the program are staffed jointly by committee. The primary goal of this program is to assist families and individuals to maintain housing during the coldest winter months through leverage funds for either rent or deposit. The award amount is paid directly to the landlord. Submit completed Rental Assistance Application with documentation to: Winter Rental Assistance, 355 S. Russell St, Missoula, MT 59801

Questions: cwoodrow@ci.Missoula.mt.us

Bob Woodruff Foundation ~ Grants

https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/

Bridging the Gap: How Existing Systems of Care Can Collaborate to Address Homelessness Among Veterans: https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/bridging-the-gap-how-existing-systems-of-care-can-collaborate-to-address-homelessness-among-veterans/

Contact: (646) 441-6864, info@bobwoodrufffoundation.org

City Club Missoula & Reaching Home Coordinated Entry

https://www.engagemissoula.com/

We know your comments help us make better decisions and design better housing projects!

Questions: Samantha “Sam” Hilliard, MSW - Reaching Home Coordinated Entry Specialist (406) 552-6392, HilliardS@ci.missoula.mt.us

OR Emily - City of Missoula (406) 552-6394, harris-shearse@ci.missoula.mt.us

Coldwell Banker The Brokers ~ Realogy Military Rewards

https://realestateperk.com/RealogyMilitaryRewards/

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, rachel@cbthebrokers.com

Emergency Rental Assistance ~ Montana Dept of Commerce

https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/Montana-Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program

Questions: (406) 841-2840 or complete contact page: https://housing.mt.gov/Contact

Engel & Völkers ~ Broker & Spouse of Combat Vet

https://www.evrealestate.com/

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, heidi.stahl@evrealestate.com

Grants for Veterans ~ Montana

https://montana.grantwatch.com/cat/38/veterans-grants.html

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: https://montana.grantwatch.com/contact-us.php

Homeless Training Institute

http://www.homelesstraining.com/

Online training that teaches  your staff how to ​confidently and compassionately ​solve problem behavior ​from troubled individuals.

Homeless Triggers ~ Most homeless individuals have suffered from trauma - physical abuse, sexual abuse, abadonment, eviction, etc. This brief clip of our Core Training about unwanted touch and how it ties to trauma: https://vimeo.com/478471920/0932d814de

Questions: Krissie Dowd - Homeless Training Institute, krissie@homelesstraining.com

OR Ryan Dowd, ryan@homelesslibrary.com

​Homes for Heroes & "HOMEtown Heroes" ~ Affiliate Lenders

https://www.homesforheroes.com/

  • EXIT Realty ~ Melissa is an USMC & Army Veteran who represents buyers and sellers in their best interests. She’s a Homes for Heroes realtor, so she specializes in VA home purchases. Contact: Melissa Huus, EXIT Realty 406-531-0015, melissa.huus@gmail.com

  • Galipeau Mortgage ~ Jackie Galipeau, Homes for Heroes Affiliate Broker (406) 926-2618, jackie@galipeaumortgage.com

  • Keller Williams ~ Wendy Bush, Realtor 1817 South Ave. W., Missoula (406) 531-4873, wendy.bush@kw.com

  • Montana Family Mortgage ~ Dave started a new HOMEtown Heroes program to give Veterans and service members a discount on their home purchase and refinance costs! (406) 926-6388 OR C (406) 240-9686, davek@montanafamilymortgage.com (Mortgage Broker NMLS#1598813 - Office 2825 Stockyard Rd, Ste J5 Missoula)

Home Renovation Grants for Veterans ~ Skilled Roofers

https://skilledroofers.com/grants/home-renovation-grants-for-veterans/

Home improvement jobs can be costly and time consuming. Fortunately for Veterans, the US government and a few private organizations offer grants and aid to help them with their home modification projects. 

Questions: Amy Babin (747) 292 0811, amy.skilled.roofers@gmail.com

Homeword & NeighborWorks ~ Homebuyers & Rent Wise Workshops

www.homeword.org

Questions: 1535 Liberty Lane, Suite #116A, Missoula (406) 532-4663, info@homeword.org OR Katie@homeword.org

​HUD-VASH Supportive Housing Program

https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp

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

Questions: Erick Kahila, MSW - HUD VASH Case Manager, David J Thatcher CBOC (Missoula) Montana VAHCS, 2685 Palmer Street, Suite B, Missoula, MT 59808 (406) 493-3706 Cell (406) 202-5640, Erick.Kahila@va.gov

Missoula Housing Authority (MHA)  ****** VSN Housing Leadership ******

missoulahousing.org

APPLY: missoula.house

1235 34th St., Missoula

Missoula Housing Authority provides quality housing solutions for low and middle-income households in Missoula and the surrounding area.

  • Family Self Sufficiency Program: 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. FSS Coordinators at Missoula Housing Authority (Section 8): (406) 549-4113 

  • Trinity Apartments: Blpmc.com These units will be managed by Missoula Housing Authority (There will be the 30 PSH units there that will come through the Coordinated Entry List. The expected opening date is November 2022. Rents will be determined by bedroom size and unit designation. Nick Belnap - Operations Lead, BlueLine Property Management (720) 549-0820, nick@blpmc.com

  • Our monthly Board Meetings are open to the public. Check out our website for the current month board packet and past minutes:  https://missoulahousing.org/board-of-commissioners/board-meeting-schedule

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

HUD Wait-list for Subsidized Programs: Jim McGrath - Director of HUD Programs, Missoula Housing Authority (406) 549-4113 ext. 122, jmcgrath@missoulahousing.org

Montana Department of Commerce

https://housing.mt.gov/

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: 800-761-6264, (406) 841-2840, housing@mt.gov

Montana Fair Housing

http://www.montanafairhousing.org/

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

Questions: Jodi Bartscher, Investigations Coordinator, (406) 782-2573, mfhstaff3@montanafairhousing.org

Montana Veterans Home ~ Columbia Falls

https://dphhs.mt.gov/SLTC/HomeLivingOptions/montanaveteranshomes/cfmvh.aspx

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.

Contact: (406) 892-3256 OR Joren Underdahl - Administrator, JUnderdahl@mt.gov

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

http://www.nchv.org/

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, info@nchv.org

Navy Federal Credit Union

https://www.navyfederal.org/

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, rachel@cbthebrokers.com

New Now Foundation ~ Flathead Valley

https://newnowfoundation.org/

Fiscally sponsored charitable fund aiming to establish a Sober Tiny House Community in the Flathead. We know we will be working with lots of Vets in the area, so please connect!

Questions: Victoria Gabaldon (323) 391-0323, victoria@newnowlife.com

OR (406) 201-9456, contact@newnowvillage.com

Operation HomeFront

http://www.operationhomefront.net/  

The Poverello Center, Inc.

thepoverellocenter.org

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

DIRECTOR: Jill Bonny, MSW, SWLC - jbonny@thepoverellocenter.org
Questions: Lisa Sirois, MSW - Director of Programs (406) 529-4860, lsirois@thepoverellocenter.org

Homeless Outreach Team (HOT): Team Lead - Christine (406) 493-7955

Johnson St. Emergency Winter Shelter, 1919 North Ave. W. – OPEN 24/7 – ALL are welcome who can be safe, be kind, and be respectful, including pets. Both locations follow strict CDC guidelines, so masks and social distancing are required. Questions: (406) 529-4185, info@thepoverellocenter.org

  • Housing Montana Heroes: Up to 24 months in a secure wing on the 2nd floor of the Poverello emergency shelter; Clinical Model: Provides access to therapy, group therapy or working with someone in the community on mental health; Service Intensive: Up to 24 months; With access to private shower space, laundry, community room, case management and referral resources.

  • Veteran Housing Retention: Collaboration with the Poverello Center, the VA and HUD/VASH; Sue will follow clients coming from transitional housing into permanent supportive housing; This is a volunteer program for up to 6 months in coordination with HUD/VASH; She will work with Veterans identified as experiencing homelessness, until they are stably housed for 6 months. 

  • Veteran Shelter Program: 90-120 day program for Veterans who qualify for VA healthcare; Veterans are prioritized for a bed, given a locker and access to the second floor showers, laundry, community room, case management, and resources and referrals.

Questions: Cora Augustin - Veteran Programs (Housing Montana Heroes, Veteran Shelter Program, Valor House), caugustin@thepoverellocenter.org

  • VALOR HOUSE: Valor is a collaboration with MHA, POV and VA; Bridge Model at Valor: 90-120 days with housing intervention in hand (Lease, voucher); Service Intensive at Valor - Up to 24 months, after 12 months can apply for Housing Choice Voucher good anywhere in US. 

Questions: Nateese - Valor House Case Manager (406) 829-3928, npate@thepoverellocenter.org

OR Weekends: Camas – Valor House, cwhitworth@thepoverellocenter.org

*** All programs have room on the wait-list! Only exceptions are dishonorable discharge & those who are required to register as a sex offender (case by case). 

Senior HOME CARE ~ Missoula Aging Services

337 Stephens Ave.

Veteran Directed HCBS: missoulaagingservices.org OR Montana DPHHS Senior & Long Term Care, Veterans’ Home Services: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/services/vethome/index.shtml 

Questions: Heather Bergerson, BS - VDC Lead Care Coordinator (406) 721-6953, C (406) 207-3095, hbergerson@missoulaagingservices.org

Southwest Montana Veterans Home (SWMVH) ~ Butte

MT DPPHS - INFO & APPLICATION: https://dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/homelivingoptions/montanaveteranshomes/swmvh  
Please send applications to: Shyanne West - Admissions Director / Social Services Assistant, Southwest Montana Veterans Home, 65 Veterans Circle, Butte, MT 59701 OR shyanne.west@swmvh.com

Learn more about the first Veteran that moved in (March 2021– KPAX story): https://www.kpax.com/rebound/coronavirus-money-help/southwest-montana-veterans-home-welcomes-1st-resident-in-butte

Questions: Dee Burnham 406-444-4129, dee.burnham@mt.gov

OR Mark Gollinger, State Liaison - Senior & Long Term Care Division, MT Dept. of Public Health & Human Services, (406) 465-3908, mark.gollinger@mt.gov

Summit Housing Group (SHG)

https://summithousinggroup.com/

Development company in Western Montana specializing in low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC), Class A Apartments and mixed-use developments. SHG has built, been awarded, or has under construction 33 LIHTC and mixed-use properties (1,696 units) spanning Montana.

Questions: Austin Richardson – Army Veteran, austinr@summithousinggroup.com OR SHG (406) 541-0999, info@summithousinggroup.com

US DOL VETS & VA ~ HVRP & SSVF

https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Working-Together-to-Assist-Veterans-Experiencing-Homelessness

Working together, the Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service’s (DOL-VETS) Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program services can be leveraged to bring the greatest benefit and impact to those Veterans and their families who may be or who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Questions: Jennifer Thomas - Veterans, Inc., Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (406) 591-7519, C (406) 591-7519, jenniferthomas@veteransinc.org

OR Volunteers of America (SSVF & HVRP) – Missoula (406) 926-3600

OR David Petaja - Community Employment Coordinator, Homeless Veteran Recovery Program (HVRP) (406) 202-9012 / 447-6032, david.petaja@va.gov

VA / VHA Homeless Veterans (HCHV)

https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/hchv.asp

Questions: Eileen.Devine@va.gov

VA Home Front 877-4AID-VET, 877-424-3838, www.va.gov/homeless

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: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/77920/support-veterans-facing-homelessness/

  • 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. https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp

Questions: Amy (406) 493-3724, amy.hill1@va.gov

​​​​​​​​​VA Home Loans

https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/how-to-apply/

VA Home Loan Centers

https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/

Montana VA Home Loan Limits: https://www.vahomeloancenters.org/montana-va-home-loan-limits/

Phil Georgiades is the CLS for VA Home Loan Centers and has over 22 years of professional real estate experience. Apply for a VA mortgage loan, call us at (877) 432-5626.

Questions: info@vahomeloancenters.org

The Veteran-Directed Home and Community Based Service Program

Missoula Aging Services

https://www.missoulaagingservices.org/our-services/case-management/

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

Contact: Shelli Fortune, Veteran Directed HCBS Care Coordinator, MAS, (406) 728-7682, sfortune@missoulaagingservices.org

Or, Heather Bergerson, hbergerson@missoulaagingservices.org

Veteran’s Guide to Saving on Housing Costs

https://www.reviews.com/blog/veterans-home-buying-guide/
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 (reviews.com), lauren.thomas@reviews.com

VETERAN HOME LOAN PROGRAM

The Montana Veterans’ Home Loan Mortgage Program was established in 2011 by the Legislature to provide first mortgage funds to Montana residents who are serving or have served in the Montana National Guard or in the national armed forces and reserves. Funds for the program are provided from the principal of the Montana Coal Tax Trust Fund as authorized by 90-6-6 MCA.

The benefit of the program is a fixed-rate, 30-year mortgage loan at 1% lower than either the Fannie Mae Daily Historical Yields (FNMA) or Montana Housing’s posted interest rate. Program funds are provided from the principal of the Montana Coal Tax Trust Fund; income, asset and purchase price limits do not apply, however, there is a loan limit. The loans are originated by Montana Housing participating lenders, purchased and held by the Montana Board of Investments, and serviced by Montana Housing.

  • Eligible veteran with honorable service/discharge

  • No income, purchase price OR asset limits

  • True first time homebuyer (never owned a primary residence)

  • Resident of Montana

  • Must take a First Time Homebuyer class

  • Minimum $2,500 borrower investment (out of pocket)

  • Current maximum loan amount is $296,380 (Eff 4/1/21)

  • Condo's NOT allowed in program

Details: https://housing.mt.gov/Homeownership/Lenders/Veterans-Home-Loan-Program

Questions: Montana Housing, 301 S. Park Ave. / P.O. Box 200528, Helena, MT 59620-0528 (406) 841-2840

Veteran United Home Loans

www.vuhl.com

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

Questions: (800) 590-2302

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

https://www.voanr.org/

  • 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, 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.

Questions: 3550 Mullan Road Suite 103, Missoula, MT 59808 (406) 926-3600

OR nancie.wittmier@voanr.org

Western Montana Mental Health Center

http://wmmhc.org/

1315 Wyoming St., Missoula

ASK about Montana DPHHS' Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) Program

Questions: (406) 532-9700, missoulaadults@wmmhc.org

​YWCA

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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