With over 100,000 veterans in Montana, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015, many find it difficult to afford a home in Flathead County where the average price of a home is over $235,500.
Renting is also an issue with Whitefish among some of the highest rent costs. According to the U.S. Census, an average renter pays $812 a month in Whitefish, while the average renter in Kalispell pays $731.
Contrast those costs to income for veterans and those having issues finding affordable housing and you have a state with people struggling to find a roof over their heads:
Companies such as www.otbhousing.com have partnered with municipalities and developers to repurpose brand new or nearly new mobile housing units normally used to house oil and gas employees to create communities of affordable housing. See some units here.
Additionally, the Montana Board of Housing have made available $26 million in housing credits for developers to build affordable rental housing in the state. 18 cities have applied, including for one project in Whitefish.
For more information on housing grants or funding opportunities, here are three resources to help your search:
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans:
The NCHV offers several grants and funding opportunities that are updated on a weekly basis.
Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH):
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) Program combines Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF):
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.
The Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program:
The Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program helps very low-income families, individuals with disabilities and the elderly afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.