Many Missoulians are frustrated with Missoula's housing situation. Costs rose significantly during the pandemic-housing boom, and since then the cost of rent is still increasing and home prices are remaining stable even as home prices are falling in many cities. It's a relief to write about good news on this subject.
The Q3 Five Valleys Housing Report Update on November 3rd (11/3/22) featured the deputy director of Homeword, Karissa Trujillo. Homeword is an organization that has "created, built or preserved 1,319 homes" in Montana since its founding in 1994, according to its website. During the housing report presentation, Trujillo spoke about new affordable housing that will have an income requirement, meaning that people who have an income over a certain amount will not eligible. Here's a quote from Trujillo that was like music to my ears:
In the next 6 months we should have 400 new homes Missoulians can afford through a couple of different properties.
Here's a promotional video from last July that includes footage of the new housing in progress:
She said that 72 apartment homes on Cooley Street will start leasing this month. Also on the way is the 200-unit Villagio Apartments located on Missoula's Northside, the Missoula Housing Authority website says construction is expected to be complete in early 2023. You can learn how to apply to join waiting lists for subsidized housing on the Missoula Housing Authority website.
She also said that more homes could be completed in January of 2023, 100 new "workforce homes" and 30 new "permanent supportive homes" on Mullan Road, the latter of which are for people experiencing homelessness and are part of the Missoula Coordinated Entry System. She said the permanent supportive homes will be connected to a navigation center which will feature on-site support services not just for residents but for the community in general.
You can see Trujillo's entire presentation in the video below, starting at 25:20.
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