Housing and Homelessness
The At Risk Housing Coalition (ARHC) is an ongoing formal task force comprised of representatives from health and human service agencies and governmental departments. ARHC was formed in 1993 by Women's Opportunity and Resource Development to initiate a community-wide effort to prevent and address homelessness. ARHC functioned for ten years as a loosely-organized body, meeting monthly and forming committees and collaborations to address identified needs.
In 2004, ARHC formalized as a coalition requiring membership and adherence to agreements and protocols. 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.
For more information on ARHC, go the to ARHC web page.
HUD Housing Programs
One of the major priorities of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the creation of affordable housing. The Department administers several Federal programs that assist state and local governments, as well as nonprofits and other partners, to develop affordable homeownership and rental units for low-income households. Two of the most important programs are the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.
Both HOME and CDBG are important resources in the local development of homes and communities. While sharing similar goals related to improving the living conditions of low-income families, each program differs in its eligible activities and requirements. In addition, there is a tremendous need for affordable housing in many communities and these needs often exceed available resources.
Over 75% of Missoulians cannot afford to buy a median-priced home in Missoula today. Housing programs administered by GCP assist low- and moderate-income residents by constructing new homes and rental units, buying land, rehabilitating homes that need repair, and providing homebuyer education and homeowner counseling.