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.
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:
Email: Tenant-Landlord Hotline: firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Telephone: Call between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm weekdays.
Voice/TDD: 406.449.2344 or 800.245.4743
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.
- Telephone: 406.728.5297
- Fax: 406.728.4095
- Address: 208 E. Main; Missoula, MT 59802
- 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.
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 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