LIFTT believes that everyone has the right to safe, clean, accessible and affordable housing. Our Independent Living Specialist 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 Home Owner Associations and the enforcement of covenants. There are exemptions provided and under certain circumstances some protected class members may be excluded from particular housing sites.
Regarding Fair Housing, The following links can help answer your questions regarding your rights and remedies regarding Fair Housing:
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.
HUD’s Site regarding the Fair Housing Act. What’s covered and what’s prohibited as well as how to file a Fair Housing complaint through HUD.
Montana Department of Commerce site regarding Fair Housing and useful links to various sites such as Section 504 notices, regulations and supporting documents, to the Human Rights Bureau as well as information on things such as Montana Landlord and Tenant Rights, sexual harassment laws, denying housing to people with children to information on service animals.
Housing Assistance Council – Rural
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.
It maintains a special focus on high-need groups and regions: Indian country, the Mississippi Delta, farmworkers, the Southwest border colonias, and Appalachia.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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).
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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 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.
Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.
Montana Housing Division
The Housing Division’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.
Information on the Montana Disabled Accessible Affordable Homeownership Program (DAAHP). The DAAHP objective is to provide affordable, architecturally accessible homes for people with permanent physical disabilities such that they can live independently. This is accomplished by assisting people or families with permanent physical disabilities with the construction of new homes, to acquire and rehabilitate existing homes, and for the rehabilitation of a home whose owner or owner’s family member became disabled after the house was purchased.
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- Montana Disabled Accessible Affordable Homeownership Program (DAAHP) >
- The State of Montana Housing Resource Directory
- A Quick reference guide to housing resources
Montana Housing Search
A site provided by the Montana State Department of Commerce Housing Division useful for searching current rental property on the market
Montana Housing Division
This site provides information on two options that are offered for Montana renters are the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Housing. These are federal programs offered to provide affordable housing for Montanans. This page describes the two programs and gives information about eligibility. There is also links to affordable housing apartments in each county, along with contact information for each property.
HOUSING AUTHORITIES IN MONTANA
These Housing Authorities may have public housing units, project based units and vouchers available for those in need of housing assistance.
- Anaconda Housing Authority
10 Main St
PO Box 1350
Anaconda MT 59711
- Apsaalooke Nation Housing Authority
PO Box 99
Crow Agency MT 59022
- Billings Housing Authority
2415 1st Ave N
Billings MT 59101
- Blackfeet Housing Authority
625 Southwest Boundary Street
PO Box 1350
Browning MT 59417
- Butte Housing Authority
220 Curtis Street
Butte MT 59701
- Chippewa-Cree Housing Authority
75 Laredo Road
RR1 Box 567
Box Elder MT 59521
- Dawson County Housing Authority
1032 6th Street SW
Glendive MT 59270
- Fort Belknap Housing Authority
Route L, PO Box 61
Harlem MT 59526
- Fort Peck Housing Authority
503 6th Avenue
PO Box 667
Poplar MT 59255
- Glasgow Housing Authority
435 Division Street
PO Box 1126
Glasgow MT 59230
- Great Falls Housing Authority
1500 Chowen Springs Loop
Great Falls MT 59405
- Helena Housing Authority
812 Abbey Street
Helena MT 59601
- Miles City Housing Authority
210 S Winchester Ave
Miles City MT 59301
- Missoula Housing Authority
1235 34th Street
Missoula MT 59801
- Montana Department of Commerce
301 S Park Suite 240
PO Box 200545
Helena MT 59620
- Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority
PO Box 327
Lame Deer MT 59043
- Poplar Housing Authority (City of)
315 G St W
PO Box 667
Poplar MT 59255
- Richland County Housing Authority
1032 6th Street SW
Sidney MT 59270
- Ronan Housing Authority
21 2nd Ave SW
PO Box 128
Ronan MT 59864
- Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority
56243 Highway 93 N
PO Box 38
Pablo MT 59855
- Whitefish Housing Authority
100 Fourth Street E
Whitefish MT 59937
Advocating for affordable, accessible housing in Montana.
The Housing Task Force has representation from all four Independent Living Centers; Summit Independent Living Center, North Central Independent Living Services (NCILS), Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT), and Montana Independent Living Project (MILP).
The task force is located around the state and come together as a unified voice to address local, state, and national housing concerns.
One of our primary grassroots movements is to promoted the idea of visitability:
Visitable Design Features:
- No-step entrance on an accessible route (36 inches)
- Wider hallways throughout (Min 32 inches)
- A bathroom on the main floor which a wheelchair can get into and shut the door
For more information about Visibility: