Since 2008 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has administered the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) initiative to support homeless veterans. But prior to 2015 tribes and tribal housing authorities had been unable to receive HUD-VASH funds.


Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines introduced legislation to finalize a decades-old water rights settlement for the Blackfeet tribe. The Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act will resolve all claims to water rights on the Blackfeet Reservation and ensure access to reliable and clean water for the communities within the Reservation, as well as farms, ranches, and businesses in the surrounding area


While touring Montana with VA Secretary Bob McDonald, Senator Jon Tester hailed a $6 million grant that is being awarded to the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies to help end veterans homelessness in Montana.

Tester, Baucus announce investment to help homeless veterans in Billings region

Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today announced a new investment to help Volunteers of America in Billings better serve homeless veterans in the region.

Tester backs bipartisan bill to improve Native American housing opportunities

U.S. SENATE - August 1, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Senator Jon Tester is backing a bipartisan bill to increase access to safe, affordable housing throughout Indian Country.

Obama Administration Awards $2,184,918 in Homeless Grants Throughout Montana

WASHINGTON, DC - December 23, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Obama Administration today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is renewing grant funding needed to keep 19 local homeless assistance programs throughout Montana operating.

Secretary Donovan Awards $3,373,327 in Recovery Act Funding to Prevent Homelessness in Montana

WASHINGTON, DC - July 9, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded a $3,373,327 grant to Montana Department of Commerce.

Rehberg Helps Missoula’s Pov Expand Services for Homeless Veterans

Missoula, MT - February 27, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) — Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today issued the following statement from the Poverello Center in Missoula. He toured the facility and met with Ellie Hill to discuss the $285,000 in federal funding he has secured in the House-passed appropriations bill for fiscal year 2009.

Obama Administration Awards Nearly $1.6 Billion in Homeless Grants to Thousands of Local Housing...

WASHINGTON - February 19, 2009 - (RealEstateRama) – Hundreds of thousands of homeless individuals and families will find a stable home and be offered critically needed services as a result of nearly $1.6 billion in homeless assistance announced today by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

HUD Secretary Preston allocates nearly $4 billion to stabilize neighborhoods in states and local...

Montana to receive nearly $19,600,000 million for Neighborhood Stabilization WASHINGTON - September 26, 2008 - (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Steve Preston today allocated a total of $3.92 billion to all states and particularly hard-hit areas trying to respond to the effects of high foreclosures.

HUD awards Montana Department of Commerce $141,683 to provide permanent housing for 35 homeless...

Helena, MT - May 5, 2008 - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Regional Director John Carson announced today the Montana Department of Commerce will receive $141,683 to provide permanent supportive housing for 35 homeless veterans in Montana.

Bush Administration announces $2,556,052 to support homeless programs in Montana

Seventeen housing and service programs to benefit from HUD funding WASHINGTON, December 21, 2007 - Seventeen homeless programs in Montana will receive $2,556,052.00 in grants announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Montana Department of Commerce Awards over $3.8 Million in Public Facilities Projects to 10...

HELENA, MT - December 6, 2007 - The Montana Department of Commerce has awarded $3,881,933 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to 10 Montana communities with critical public facilities needs.

Baucus, Tester announce more than $20M for Montana projects

WASHIGNTON, D.C., September 12, 2007 -- From new roads, to new ball fields, to new houses, Montana is slated to receive $20.85 million in the fiscal year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill, Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced today.

HUD awards $600,000 for affordable housing and economic development in rural Montana

WASHINGTON – Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson today awarded $600,000 to two rural housing programs in Montana to stimulate economic development, create jobs and produce more affordable housing. The funding is part of $16.8 million in grants provided through HUD's Rural Housing and Economic Development Program nationwide.



How Montana is Working to Break Down Barriers to Fair Housing

There’s no better place to live, work, and play than Montana. Building a successful life here starts with having an affordable and accessible place to call home. Still, for many Montanans finding a stable home can come with barriers. We know families are encountering rising housing costs, a low supply of affordable apartments, and housing choice barriers. Every day our teams here at the Montana Department of Commerce are working to break down these barriers and make access to safe housing affordable and accessible