Montana to Receive $3 Million for Affordable Housing, Tester Announces

HUD grant will help build, preserve housing supply for low-income

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced Montana will receive $3 million to increase access to affordable housing across the state.

The grant will be distributed by the State of Montana, and is available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF), which Tester helped establish through his work on the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 and his role on the Senate Banking Committee.

“As we confront the COVID-19 crisis together, it is more important than ever that all Montanans have a roof over their heads,” Tester said. “This grant will help increase access to affordable, accessible housing and help us ensure more folks across the state have a safe, healthy place to call home.”

The HTF helps increase and preserve the supply of decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing for extremely low- and very low-income households.

Tester has played a key role in expanding access to affordable housing in Montana. In February, he held an Affordable Housing Summit to gather ideas and suggestions from stakeholders and constituents on how to address the growing housing crisis, and has fought for substantial investments into affordable housing initiatives including the HOME and Community Development Block Grant programs. Over the last 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.