LIFTT believes that everyone has the right to safe, clean, accessible, and affordable housing. Our Independent Living Team can help guide the way by providing help finding housing, provide information and referrals to specific programs, provide information about home modifications such as building a ramp, installing grab bars, and widening doors, and connect you with various loan programs that address assistive technology.
Federal and state fair housing laws prohibit discriminatory practices in any industry-related business or transaction that may impact the ability of protected class members to secure housing and/or live in the housing of their choice. These laws address discriminatory practices in the rental; sales, insurance, advertising, and mortgage and lending industries, as well as transactions that include the actions of homeowner associations and the enforcement of covenants. There are exemptions provided and under certain circumstances, some protected class members may be excluded from housing sites.
The following links and resources can help answer your questions regarding housing and disability issues. To speak to a LIFTT IL team member regarding your housing needs please give us a call at (406) 259-5181 or send us a message through the contact us page.
Montana Fair Housing is a full-service, private, non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction and eradication of housing discrimination in our state.
Montana Fair Housing serves housing providers and consumers across the state, responding to inquiries and discriminatory housing complaints. We provide information and support to consumers and industry representatives and investigate allegations of discrimination in housing. We also counsel victims of housing discrimination and assist them in filing federal and state administrative complaints.
The mission of NeighborWorks Montana is to strengthen our communities by providing education and financing that gives every Montanan the opportunity to live in a home where they can thrive.
The Housing Assistance Council improves housing conditions for the rural poor, with an emphasis on the poorest of the poor in the most rural places in the United States.
It offers services to public, nonprofit, and private organizations throughout the rural United States.
www.hud.gov Provides information on Buying a Home, Avoiding Foreclosure, Searching for an Affordable Apartment, Finding Rental Assistance, Accessing the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) System, Talking to a Housing Counselor, Applying for a Grant, Filing a Fair Housing Discrimination Complaint, and Finding a Local Public Housing Agency (PHA).
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a 21st-century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives.
Above all, this means ensuring that consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families—that prices are clear up front, that risks are visible, and that nothing is buried in the fine print. In a market that works, consumers should be able to make direct comparisons among products and no provider should be able to use unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices.
The Housing Division of the Montana Department of Commerce’s purpose is to create affordable housing opportunities for Montanans whose needs are not met by the market. We accomplish this by partnering with local housing organizations across the state to leverage the federal funding that is made available to Montana. This site provides information about all of the housing programs available from the Housing Division.
Local Housing Authorities in LIFTT’s Service Area
These Local Housing Authorities may have public housing units, project-based units, and vouchers available for those in need of housing assistance in their specific communities.
Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation Housing Authority
PO Box 99
Crow Agency MT 59022
HomeFront Partners (Housing Authority of Billings)
2415 1st Ave N
Billings MT 59101
Dawson County Housing Authority
1032 6th Street SW
Glendive MT 59270
Miles City Housing Authority
210 S Winchester Ave
Miles City MT 59301
Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority
822 Northern Cheyenne Avenue
PO Box 327
Lame Deer MT 59043
Richland County Housing Authority
1032 6th Street SW
Sidney MT 59270
Mission Statement: The mission of the Community Living Task Force (CLTF) is to enhance the ability of and opportunity for all Montanans with disabilities to achieve full inclusion in their communities and advocate for adequate access to affordable and accessible community living options. The CLTF includes all disabilities, mental and physical.
Description: The Community Living Task Force (CLTF) is comprised of representatives from each of Montana’s four Centers for Independent Living and other community advocates. As part of the Montana Independent Living Network the Community Living Task Force, primarily focuses on legislative and systemic change initiatives in the following areas:
- Expanding and improving accessible and affordable housing programs that support independent living options for people with disabilities. \
- Eliminating barriers that limit community living opportunities for people with disabilities such as architectural and attitudinal barriers.
- Increasing the accessibility of business and local, state, and national government facilities/programs, by working to advocate and promote ADA compliance.
- Public education of the community and housing accessibility options, barriers, and the philosophy of independent living in terms of individuals’ rights to live work, and recreate independently in the community.
The Community Living Task Force (CLTF) meets every third Thursday at 11:00 AM via Zoom conference call and invites anyone interested to join.