MTHousingSearch.com – FREE to list or search for rental housing

MTHousingSearch.com  is Montana's web-based rental housing locator service. It is free for landlords and property management companies to list affordable rental housing and free for anyone to search for affordable rental housing. Financed by the MDOC’s Montana Board of Housing, the Housing Division, and DPHHS, benefits of this free service include:

  • Add, manage, or find property listings online anytime.
  • Call a toll-free number for assistance by experienced call center staff, also mail, fax and email.
  • Details about property amenities and special features are listed; pictures can be posted.
  • Search for housing to meet very specific needs.
  • Section 8 vacancy listings can be provided to voucher holders.
  • Use mapping feature to find proximity to work, school, shopping, churches, public transport, etc.
  • Find helpful resources listed for tenants and landlords, also links to local programs and agencies, accessibility search helps locate housing with various accommodations for persons with disabilities.
  • Free training available to service providers and agency staff.
  • Less time to find housing, to calculate rent reasonableness.
  • Valuable market and localized community data available.
  • Affordable housing landlords never have to pay to advertise again.
  • Landlords never have to pay to advertise again.
  • No unwanted calls after rent-up.
  • Easier to find your next home; no driving all over town.
  • Users can conduct market comparisons for free.

Go to MTHousingSearch.com  and check it out! Or Call Toll-Free 1.877.428.8844 for assistance. The service includes a bilingual call center and is100% FREE.  The MTHousingSearch Website is being developed as a tool for use by the State Disaster Housing Task Force.  It features will accomplish two important needs: Immediate access to Housing inventory; Access to information even without website availability.

HOUSING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Available to Any Group or Individual Seeking It.

During discussions about housing issues in the Housing Coordinating Team meetings, it was mutually decided that there is a need for housing-related technical assistance. This need presents itself in two general areas. First, communities or groups that realize they need housing but do not know how to proceed and acquire assistance, and individuals who have a resource to offer towards the affordable housing in their community and do not know how to proceed towards that goal.

A Housing Technical Assistance team was created and a website developed. The process has been formalized for taking calls and for fielding questions about housing needs. In general, we attempt to guide folks through the first steps that they can accomplish on their own, as well as show them where to begin to educate themselves on the programs and funding sources available. At that point, we are able to extract much more meaningful information about their situation and can more specifically gather the necessary program experts to answer questions. The website is housing.mt.gov.  You then click on Community Partners and then Technical Assistance.

The Housing Technical Assistance team is a prime example of using resources more efficiently and wisely. We guide the initial assessment process with a community or individual, we assist them via phone or email at first, and then we organize only the necessary team members required and either travel together to the community or have the group come to us.

We find that most housing projects are costly and complicated. We feel that we serve at least two important functions with our Housing Technical Assistance team; one, we are able to help groups from making costly mistakes, so they use their resources most wisely, and two, we can reassure and motivate groups to keep going when they feel they will never reach their goal.

Contact: Please e-mail if possible to: housingTA@mt.gov (the Montana Department of Commerce). If e-mail is not possible, phone Penny Cope at 406.841.2846. 

Housing White Paper

The first Housing White Paper was developed, printed and distributed in 2008 by the Housing Coordinating Team.  The effort was an attempt to define the problems facing the builders, developers, suppliers, and planners of affordable housing. The hope was that by collaborating on a definition of the problems there would follow a broader understanding and a collective set of solutions.

http://housing.mt.gov/CommunityPartners/Data

Statewide Community Land Trust


Trust Montana

The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation awarded NeighborWorks Montana a grant to study the feasibility of establishing a centrally administered, statewide, Montana Community Land Trust (CLT) which will serve rural communities currently outside the established service areas of the existing CLT organizations in Montana. Part of the feasibility study, conducted by the North Missoula Community Development Corporation, included a survey asking housing professionals across the state about their familiarity with the land trust concept and about their interest in learning more.

http://housing.mt.gov/clt

RESOURCES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES


MOLD

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html

National Association of Home Builders:


RADON

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Hotline: 1-800-546-0483

EPA: http://www.epa.gov/radon/


LEAD

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD):


ASBESTOS

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): http://www.osha.gov/doc/outreachtraining/htmlfiles/asbissue.html

Shingle Recycling.Org (Asphalt shingles used in housing): http://shinglerecycling.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=125&Itemid=92

EPA: http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/asbreg.html

THE HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS OF MONTANA

In 1963, shortly before he was assassinated, President John F. Kennedy had asked his economic advisors to prepare proposals to address the problem of poverty in America. President Lyndon B. Johnson continued this initiative. In his first State of the Union address, Johnson called for an unconditional war to defeat poverty and ultimately prepared the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which became law that same year.

The Act authorized a variety of programs including Head Start, the Job Corps, VISTA, and Community Action Agency programs. Congress slowly appropriated funding to match the Act's initiatives. Beginning in 1981, many CAA agency programs were funded through federal Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) dollars, which are awarded and monitored by state agencies.

The Community Action Agency component of this legislation was modeled on two successful urban renewal projects both of which emphasized active participation by low-income citizens.

Community Action Agencies are committed to:

  • Prioritize prevention of poverty
  • Address the causes of poverty
  • Involve the community
  • Improve the community
  • Create opportunity

Community Action Agency response to clients is designed to be:

  • Flexible
  • Coordinated
  • Directed to long-term client development

http://housing.mt.gov/CommunityPartners/HRDC


Districts I, II, III - Action for Eastern Montana

Location:  2030 North Merrill Avenue, Glendive MT 59330-1309

Mailing Address:  PO Box 1309, Glendive MT 59330-1309

Phone: (406) 377-3564

Toll Free:  1-800-227-0703

Fax: (406) 377-3570

Website:  http://www.aemt.org

Serving:  Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley, and Wibaux counties.


District IV - Human Resource Development Council

Location:  229 5th Avenue, Havre MT 59501

Phone: (406) 265-6743

Toll Free:  1-800-640-6743

Fax:  (406) 265-1312

Website:  http://www.hrdc4.org

Serving:  Blaine, Hill, and Liberty counties.


District V - Opportunities Inc.

Location:  905 1st Avenue N, Great Falls MT 59403-2289

Mailing Address:  PO Box 2289, Great Falls MT 59403-2289

Phone: (406) 761-0310

Toll Free:  1-800-326-0955

Fax: (406) 761-0363

Website:  http://www.gfoppinc.org

Serving: Cascade, Chouteau, Glacier, Pondera, Teton, and Toole counties.


District VI - Central Montana HRDC

Location:  Suite 203 Centennial Plaza, 300 First Ave. North, Lewistown MT 59457

Phone: (406) 535-7488

Toll Free:  1-800-766-3018

Fax:  (406) 535-2843

Website:  http://www.hrdc6.org

Serving:  Fergus, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, and Wheatland counties.


District VII - Human Resource Development Council

Location: 7 N. 31st Street, Billings MT 59103

Mailing Address:  PO Box 2016, Billings MT 59103

Phone: (406) 247-4710

Toll Free:  1-800-433-1411

Fax: (406) 248-2943

Website:  http://hrdc7.org

Serving: Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, and Yellowstone counties (except that portion lying within 10 miles of the City of Billings).


District VIII - Rocky Mountain Development Council

Location:  200 South Cruise Avenue, Helena MT  59601

Mailing Address:  PO Box 1717, Helena MT  59624-1717

Phone:  (406) 447-1680

Toll Free:  1-800-356-6544

Fax:  (406) 447-1629

Website:  http://rmdc.net

Serving:  RMDC primarily services Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson counties. Individual programs within the agency provide services in additional counties predominantly throughout southwestern Montana.


District IX - Region 9 HRDC

Location:  32 South Tracy Avenue, Bozeman MT 59715

Phone: (406) 587-4486

Toll Free:  1-800-332-2796

Fax:  (406) 585-3538

Website:  http://www.thehrdc.org

Serving:  Gallatin, Meagher, and Park counties.


District X - Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana

Location:  214 Main St., Kalispell, MT 59904

Mailing Address:  PO Box 8300, Kalispell, MT 59904

Phone: (406) 758-5477

Toll Free:  1-800-344-5979

Fax: (406) 257-7283

Website:  http://www.capnm.net/

Serving:  Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, and Sanders counties


District XI - Human Resource Council

Location:  1801 South Higgins, Missoula MT 59801

Phone:  (406) 728-3710

Fax:  (406) 728-7680

Branch Office:  303 N. Third Street, Hamilton, MT 59840

Phone:  (406) 728-3710

Fax:  (406) 728-7680

Website:  http://www.hrcxi.org

Serving:  Mineral, Missoula, and Ravalli counties.


District XII - Human Resource Council

Location:  700 Casey Street, Butte, MT 59701

Mailing Address:  PO Box 3486, Butte, MT 57901

Phone: (406) 533-6855

Toll Free:  1-800-382-1325

Fax:  (406) 533-6883

Website:  http://www.hrc12.org

Serving:  Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Madison, Powell and Silver Bow counties.

 

Public Housing Authorities in Montana

Anaconda Housing Authority

10 Main Street
PO Box 1359
Anaconda MT 59711

Phone: (406) 563-2921
Billings Housing Authority

2415 1st Ave N
Billings MT 59101

Phone: (406) 245-6391
Blackfeet Housing Authority

1200 Southwest Boundary Street
PO Box 449
Browning MT 59417

Phone: (406) 338-5031
Butte Housing Authority

220 Curtis Street
Butte MT 59701

Phone: (406) 782-6461
Chippewa-Cree Housing Authority

RR1 Box 567
Box Elder MT  59521

Phone: (406) 395-4370
Crow Tribal Housing Authority

PO Box 99
Crow Agency MT 59022

Phone: (406) 638-2665
Confederated Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority

PO Box 38
Pablo MT  59855

Phone: (406) 675-4491
Dawson County Housing Authority

200 California St.
Glendive MT  59330

Phone: (406) 433-1978
Fort Belknap Housing Authority

Route L
PO Box 61
Harlem MT  59526

Phone: (406) 353-2601
Fort Peck Housing Authority

503 6th Avenue
PO Box 667
Poplar MT  59255

Phone: (406) 768-3459
Glasgow Housing Authority

435 Division Street
PO Box 1126
Glasgow MT  59230

Phone: (406) 228-4942
Great Falls Housing Authority

1500 Chowen Springs Loop
Great Falls MT  59405

Phone: (406) 453-4311
Helena Housing Authority

812 Abbey Street
Helena MT  59601

Phone: (406) 442-7970
Miles City Housing Authority

310 N. Jordan
Miles City MT  59301

Phone: (406) 234-3433
Missoula Housing Authority

1235 34th St.
Missoula MT  59801

Phone: (406) 549-4113
Montana Department of Commerce

301 S Park, STE 240
PO Box 200545
Helena MT  59602

Phone: (406) 841-2830
Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority

822 N Cheyenne Ave.
Lame Deer MT  59043

Phone: (406) 477-6419
Richland Housing Authority

1032 6th Street SW
Sidney MT  59270

Phone: (406) 443-1978
Ronan Housing Authority

21 2nd Ave SW
PO Box 128
Ronan MT  59864

Phone: (406) 676-5900
Whitefish Housing Authority

100 Fourth Street E
Whitefish MT  59937


Phone: (406) 862-4143
 

Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDO)

District 3

Counties:  Big Horn, Carbon, Cascade, Choteau, Fergus, Glacier, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, Musselshell, Petroleum, Pondera, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, Wheatland, Yellowstone 

NeighborWorks

  • Administrator: Maureen Rude, Director of Operations
  • Phone: 406-761-5861 (Great Falls)         406-458-8704 (Helena)
  • Address:  509 1st Ave S.  Great Falls, MT 59401
  • Program Boundaries: Cascade County (outside limits of incorporated cities/towns)
  • Eligible Activities: Homebuyer down payment & closing cost assistance

District 4

Counties:  Broadwater, Flathead, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lake, Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, Meagher, Park, & Sanders County

District IX HRDC

  • Administrator: Caren Couch (for Homeowner rehab)
  • Phone: 406-587-4866
  • Address: 32 S Tracy Ave Bozeman, MT 59715
  • Program Boundaries: Gallatin, Meagher and Park Counties
  • Eligible Activities: Homeowner Rehabilitation

NeighborWorks

  • Administrator: Maureen Rude, Director of Operations
  • Phone: 406-761-5861 (Great Falls)         406-458-8704 (Helena)
  • Address:  509 1st Ave S.  Great Falls, MT 59401
  • Program Boundaries: Columbia Falls City limits, Kalispell City limits, Flathead County (outside limits of incorporated cities/towns), Lake County, Lewis & Clark County (outside limits of incorporated cities/towns), Lincoln County
  • Eligible Activities: Homebuyer down payment & closing cost assistance

District 5

Counties:  Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Granite, Madison, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli, & Silver Bow County

NeighborWorks

  • Administrator: Maureen Rude, Director of Operations
  • Phone: 406-761-5861 (Great Falls)         406-458-8704 (Helena)
  • Address:  509 1st Ave S.  Great Falls, MT 59401
  • Program Boundaries: Butte Silver Bow County
  • Eligible Activities: Homebuyer down payment & closing cost assistance

HOUSING RIGHTS, FAIR HOUSING ADVOCATES, LEGAL ASSISTANCE, AND OTHER RESOURCES


MONTANA HUMAN RIGHTS BUREAU

Housed within the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, the Montana Human Rights Bureau receives and investigates allegations of illegal discrimination based on race, sex, creed, color, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status and familial status (children under 18 in housing). For more information on Human Rights in Montana and the role of the Human Rights Bureau, see “A Guide to Montana’s Human Rights Laws”.

For more information on housing rights, go to “Housing Discrimination Is Against The Law” which includes links for the following brochures:

Website:         http://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights-bureau.html  or montanadiscrimination.com  

Telephone:      406.444.2884 or 800.542.0807

Address:        1625 11th Avenue; P.O. Box 1728; Helena, MT 59624-1728


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)

The HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, also known as FHEO (www.hud.gov/offices/fheo/aboutfheo/aboutfheo.cfm ), administers federal laws and establishes national policies that make sure all Americans have equal access to the housing of their choice. If you feel your rights have been violated, the HUD Housing Discrimination Complaint Form is available for you to download, complete and return, or complete online and submit: www.hud.gov/complaints/housediscrim.cfmis

You may also write HUD a letter or telephone the Denver Regional Office of FHEO. You have one year after an alleged violation to file a complaint with HUD, but you should file it as soon as possible.

Website:         www.hud.gov/complaints/housediscrim.cfm

Telephone:      303.672.5437 or 800.877.7353 or TTY 303.672.5248

Address:        Denver Regional Office of FHEO; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; 1670 Broadway; Denver, CO 80202-4801


MONTANA PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP (MontPIRG)

This website and hotline, staffed during the school year only, are available to Montanans looking for information on Tenant/Landlord rights and responsibilities. First visit the website for information, then if you need more assistance call or email:

Website:         www.montpirg.org/

Email:            Tenant-Landlord Hotline: mthotline@pirg.org

Telephone:      Tenant-Landlord Hotline: 888.345.7474 outside of Missoula; or  406.243.2907 in Missoula


MONTANA LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION (MLA)

Based in Helena, the MLA is a nonprofit trade association. The MLA offers a variety of services to improve and support the residential landlord/tenant industry in Montana, providing members with timely information about industry developments, educational opportunities, and membership benefits. MLA provides tenants with information and resources that assist them in understanding rental agreements and the laws governing the landlord/tenant relationship.

State President:                  Gene Thompson

Eastern Vice President:       Darwin Zellmer

Western Vice President:      Ron Tippet

Website:                             http://www.mlaonline.org/

Email:                                ContactUs@mlaonline.org

Telephone:                          Statewide Hotline: 406.449.1121


MONTANA FAIR HOUSING

Montana Fair Housing is dedicated to the reduction and eradication of housing discrimination in Montana. This private, nonprofit organization provides fair housing information and support to consumers and industry representatives, responds to inquiries and discriminatory housing complaints, and investigates allegations of housing discrimination across Montana. For more information, visit their website.

Website:         www.montanafairhousing.org

E-mail:            inquiry@montanafairhousing.org

Telephone:      406.782.2573 or 800.929.2611

Address:         519 E. Front Street; Butte, MT 59701


CITY OF GREAT FALLS FAIR HOUSING

The City of Great Falls Fair Housing Office promotes fair housing by providing fair housing, landlord, and tenant information. The office, located in the Great Falls Civic Center, is open 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact:          Terry Youngworth, City of Great Falls Fair Housing Specialist

E-mail:            tyoungworth@greatfallsmt.net

Telephone:      406.455.8418 or 406.453.4311 ext. 319

Address:         Civic Center; Community Development Department; P.O. Box 5021;  Great Falls, MT 59403


MONTANA LEGAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION

Montana Legal Services Association provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income Montanans. Visit the website below or call the statewide hotline to learn more about the services they provide and their eligibility requirements. Montana Legal Services also runs a website with helpful legal information for low- to moderate-income Montanans. If you would like more information on your legal rights visit their website.

Website:         http://www.mtlsa.org/    

Hotline:           Western Montana: 800.926.3144 or 800.666.6899   Eastern Montana: 800.999.4941


Montana Home Choice Coalition

The Montana Home Choice Coalition is a coalition of Montana citizens, advocates, providers, federal, state, tribal, and local agencies, the housing finance community, Realtors, and the home-building industry working together to create better community housing choices for all people with disabilities.

Website:          www.montanahomechoice.org  

Email:             montanahomechoice@aware-inc.org

Telephone:      406.449.3120

Address:         616 Helena Ave Suite 305, Helena, MT 59601


Disability Rights Montana

Disability Rights Montana (formerly Montana Advocacy Program’s) mission is to protect and advocate for the human, legal, and civil rights of Montanans with mental and physical disabilities while advancing dignity, equality, and self-determination. Disability Rights Montana operates several protection and advocacy programs for persons with disabilities. Disability Rights Montana provides information and referral services and they will answer any questions you have about your rights. To contact Disability Rights Montana, phone between 9am - 5pm. To learn more about their services, visit their website.

Website:         www.disabilityrightsmt.org   

Email:             advocate@disabilityrightsmt.org 

Telephone:      Call between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm weekdays.

                      Voice/TDD: 406.449.2344 or 800.245.4743

Fax:                406.449.2418

Address:         1022 Chestnut Street, Helena, MT 59601


Montana People’s Action

As “the voice of low-income Montanans,” Montana People’s Action (MPA) provides informational and referral services in housing matters. MPA members can accompany you to meetings with landlords or provide other assistance you might need in locating and attaining housing that meets your needs. MPA has two offices in Missoula and Billings, but they also have a statewide network of members. Visit their website or contact them for more information on their resources and services.

Website:         http://fulfillingthedreamfund.org/grantees/montana-peoples-action

Email:            mpa@mtpaction.org

Missoula Office:

  • Telephone:     406.728.5297
  • Fax:              406.728.4095
  • Address:        208 E. Main; Missoula, MT 59802

Billings Office:

  • Telephone:     406.245.6106
  • Fax:              406.248.3400
  • Address:        822 Third Ave. N., Ste 210; Billings, MT 59101

Billings Community Housing Resource Board

Serving Billings only, the Billings Community Housing Resource Board (CHRB) is a nonprofit organization that promotes fair and affordable housing through education and community outreach. The Billings CHRB provides trainers, speakers, brochures, a website, and more to help the Billings community understand and fulfill its citizens’ rights to fair housing. Visit their website or contact them by email to learn more about their resources on fair housing, first time home buying, landlord and tenant responsibilities, and community resources for affordable housing.

Website:         www.billingschrb.org

Email:             chrb@mcn.net

Telephone:      406.256.9355

Address:         PO Box 20126; Billings, MT 59104


Montana's Landlord Tenant Act

Information on Montana's Landlord Tenant Act can be found at:  http://housing.mt.gov/Includes/S8/03LLTAct.pdf  


MontanaLawHelp.org

MontanaLawHelp.org is devoted to providing legal information and resources to low- and moderate-income Montana residents, but the website information is available to any Montanan: www.montanalawhelp.org/MT/index.cfm   


Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law: www.bazelon.org/issues/housing/index.htm   


Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Housing

Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Housing, Montana Human Rights Bureau:  http://erd.dli.mt.gov/human-rights/montana-human-rights-laws/rights-of-persond-with-disabilities.html   

Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program: Smokefree Housing Project

This state program provides resources free of charge to landlords who want to make their multi-unit buildings smoke free. These resources include free signage, sample policy language and advices on implementation and maintaining compliance.

The program assists tenants seeking smoke free housing, or who would like their existing building to be smoke free.

Information:

SECTION 8 HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM - ONLINE APPLICATION

The Section 8 Housing Assistance Program now has an online application available. This will make applying for this assistance much easier. Apply online at housing.mt.gov and click on the link on the lower left-hand side. It is fast and easy!

The Housing Division has created marketing materials to notify and encourage use of this feature.  Online applications are more efficient, saving time and mailing costs.

Financed by HUD and administered by the MDOC Housing Division, Section 8 housing vouchers allow very low-income families to pay a set amount (currently 30%) towards their rent and utilities, based on gross adjusted income. Very low-income is defined as 50% or less of Median Family Income for the county. Demand for this program exceeds the funds available and there is an extensive waiting list.
 

List of Nonprofit Organizations in Montana

http://housing.mt.gov/CommunityPartners/NP


HOUSING DIVISION | MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
301 S. PARK AVE, STE 240 | PO BOX 200528 | HELENA, MT 59620-0528 | P: (406) 841-2840 | F: (406) 841-2841 | TDD: (406) 841-2702 | TOLL FREE: (800) 761-6264