Project Term: 12 months; 2020-2021
Grant Amount: $25,000
The University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) will complete a policy analysis to identify potential solutions to Montana’s affordable housing shortage. This analysis will support the Montana Healthcare Foundation’s Housing is Health Care initiative by helping organizations working to create permanent supportive housing around Montana track and identify available housing units for the initiative. To complete the analysis, BBER will 1) conduct a survey of federal and state public finance programs for affordable housing in Montana and comparable states, including a summary of programs that exist in Montana and programs in similar states; 2) construct a detailed database of affordable housing units in the state, complete with available information on the type of property, unit attributes, targeted population, geolocation, programs utilized, age and condition of the structure, and any other relevant and available information; 3) analyze the demand for and impact of low-income housing in the primary population centers in Montana (Helena, Great Falls, Kalispell, Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, and Butte). BBER will partner with a housing advisory panel, including the Helena Housing Authority, Homeword, NeighborWorks Montana, the Montana Housing Coalition, and others. Grant funds will be used to pay for the time of the researchers.