More than $1 Million Awarded to Great Falls for Affordable Housing Thanks to Tester

Two grants will provide funding for low income housing construction and restoration

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that the City of Great Falls will receive two grants worth more than $1 million to build and repair housing for low income Montanans.

The $1,067,754 in funding-which is provided by the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program and the HOME program-is allocated to local governments for affordable housing development, community development, and expansion of economic opportunities for low-to-moderate income families.

“Everyone in Montana deserves to have a place that they can call home,” Tester said. “These grants will help Great Falls build and maintain safe, affordable housing so folks don’t have to break the bank to put a roof over their families’ heads.”

The grants are funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The CDBG program is providing $794,666 to help Great Falls construct and restore housing for low and moderate income families. The remaining $273,088 supplied by the HOME program will specifically go towards low and very low income family housing.

Tester is a strong advocate for expanding affordable housing opportunities in Montana. Through his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, he played a key role in negotiating a bipartisan budget deal that made substantial investments into affordable housing initiatives including the HOME and CDBG programs. Earlier this year he helped secure more than $4 million for Public Housing Authorities across Montana and more than $26 million for affordable housing in Indian Country.

Read more about Tester’s efforts to expand affordable housing in Montana HERE.