Housing

The City of Helena is committed to being part of a collaborative effort to address housing issues in our community. As part of that commitment, the City has developed several programs and partnerships in recent years to provide support. This page has an outline of the various programs and efforts that the City is currently engaged in to provide or support housing for those in need. If you have questions or concerns not answered below, please reach out to the City Housing Coordinator at 406.447.8028, or ksnyder@helenamt.gov .

Updates
  • Helena Housing Authority (HHA) now has a 24/7 online housing and application portal, please click here to visit their website and find out more.
  • Starting October 3, 2022, the city is accepting applications to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund. For more information click here.
Home Renewal Program

Do you or someone you know own your home and have health or safety related work that needs to be done? The Home Renewal Program is designed to maintain and improve the quality of existing affordable housing stock to keep people housed in decent, safe homes. By partnering with NeighborWorks MT, the City will offer zero interest loans to income eligible borrowers to address health and safety issues, remedy accessibility needs, and address weatherization or energy efficiency deficiencies. The loans can be fully forgiven if the applicant stays in the home for 10 years after the work is completed.

This program is funded through the Montana Department of Commerce’s Housing Stabilization Program, which is a type of Community Development Block Grant.

If you think you have work that could be covered under this program, please click here to complete a questionnaire and have the City Housing Coordinator contact you.

Tri-County Housing Needs Assessment

In 2018, the Tri-County Housing Needs Assessment was completed, speaking to housing trends and needs for the wider Helena region, including Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, and Broadwater Counties. There were many key findings of this study, notably that there is extreme tightness in the housing market for housing at all levels of the market. Housing costs have increased substantially, in part as a reflection of the lack of requisite supply to meeting housing demand. Adding to this strain on the housing market is the fact that population growth has been steady, up 11.5% and 6.9% for Helena and Lewis and Clark County, respectively, between 2010 and 2017. Population projection models show this growth is anticipated to continue at similar levels in coming years.

  • A copy of the assessment is available here.
City of Helena Housing Strategy & Housing Task Force

Following the completion of the Housing Needs Assessment, City Staff in cooperation with the Housing Task Force, drafted a housing strategy to carry out the goals and actions from the Needs Assessment.  The Housing Task Force meets on a monthly basis to discuss and advise on housing related matters in the greater Helena Area with support from City Staff.  The Task Force is comprised of staff from adjacent county Planning Divisions, local non-profits (including Helena Housing Authority), and private sector stakeholders. 

Housing Navigation Services

The City of Helena and Lewis and Clark County established funding in the amount of $60,000 to fund Housing Navigation Services. Following a competitive procurement process, the City and County have selected Good Samaritan Industries and the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area to connect residents experiencing difficulties securing housing for themselves or loved ones to available services and resources.