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2013 HOME Final Rule Overview (pdf)

2013 HOME Final Rule Summary (pdf)

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2014 HOME Program Application Guidelines

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The HOME program is a federal block grant program directed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is designed to create affordable housing for low-income households. The Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) is responsible for the administration of HOME within the state of Montana. MDOC provides HOME funds to community housing development organizations (CHDOs), public housing authorities (PHAs), and units of local government (counties and incorporated cities and towns) throughout the state, with the exception of Billings, Great Falls and Missoula (some exceptions may apply), which receive HOME fund allocations directly from HUD. An individual may not apply directly to the state HOME program. 

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The purposes of the HOME Program include expanding the supply of affordable housing for low- and very low-income persons; improving the means of state and local governments to implement strategies to achieve adequate supplies of decent, affordable housing; and providing both financial and technical assistance to participants to develop model programs for affordable, low-income housing.

HOME grants are awarded once each year through a competitive application process to construct, acquire and/or rehabilitate rental housing, or develop new housing for homeownership. Successful grant applicants have included cities, towns, counties, public housing authorities, and community housing development organizations. (HOME Program Competitive Application Guidelines)


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Additionally, organizations prequalified by the Montana HOME program can access funds for homebuyer assistance and homeowner rehabilitation on a noncompetitive basis. (HOME Program Single-Family Noncompetitive Program)

New in 2010, the HOME program is developing a noncompetitive tenant based rental assistance (TBRA) program for providing security deposit to new MDOC Section 8 voucher holders.

For more detailed guidance on requirements, see the HOME Program Administrative Manual.

For announcements, hot topics, etc., go to HOME Happenings.

Click here for quick access to some commonly used HOME forms

For more information and assistance, check out the Frequently Asked Question page or contact the HOME Program:

Jessica Johnson
Program Manager
406-841-2794

Debbie Morrison
Program Specialist
406-841-2819

Adam Gill
Program Specialist
406-841-2816

E-mail: DOCHOME@mt.gov

 
PURPOSES AND GOALS

The HOME Program's purposes and goals are:

  • Expanding the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for very low-income and low-income Montanans (those at or below 80% of area median income)
  • Mobilizing and strengthening the abilities of units of local governments, public housing authorities, and community housing development organizations to implement strategies for achieving an adequate supply of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing
  • Providing participating entities, on a coordinated basis, with various forms of federal housing assistance

Montana Department of Commerce will focus on the following purposes and goals:

  • Assisting in preserving existing or constructing decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing in areas of greatest demonstrated need in the community and in the state of Montana, ensuring geographic distribution, both urban and rural, where and when possible, taking into consideration the historical information of the property and area, the current housing market, and the prospects for future demand.
  • In areas where greatest need is identified, giving preference to those projects which provide the greatest number of qualified affordable units relative to the HOME funds allocated, while giving consideration to serving the lowest income Montanans, and where appropriate, providing mixed income housing.
  • Making sure units are affordable to households for the applicable period of affordability.
  • Allocating only the minimum amount of HOME funds that MDOC determines to be necessary for the financial feasibility of the project and its viability as a qualified affordable housing project throughout the period of affordability.
  • Assisting in providing housing to meet the needs and priorities outlined in the state Consolidated Plan and its corresponding Annual Action Plan.
  • Providing opportunities for local governments, PHAs and CHDOs to access the HOME Program on behalf of low- and very low-income residents.
  • Encouraging innovative approaches in planning, designing, constructing, enhancing energy efficiency, and financing that are cost effective in providing affordable housing.
  • Giving preference to those applications that show a greater degree of readiness to proceed with the development.
  • Allowing applicants the ability to self-monitor their capabilities, based on geographic area, population, need and capacity.
  • Maximizing the investment of private capital to leverage HOME funds and use existing agencies and private sector mortgage financial institution resources, while retaining the affordability of housing with local and private investment.

In accordance with these stated purposes and goals, MDOC will not process any application that is not consistent with the purposes and goals of the HOME Program Application Guidelines and the state's Consolidated Plan. MDOC will consider the capacity of the grantee, its management team, and the availability of contractors and subcontractors in assessing the viability of each proposed project.