Funding will go towards community development in Great Falls
In his ongoing efforts to address Montana’s housing shortage, Senator Tester announced today that he has secured $85,500 for NeighborWorks Montana to advance existing community development projects.
NeighborWorks America awards more than $2.2 million in grants to NeighborWorks organizations across the country for comprehensive community development awards and health awards.
“One of the biggest issues I hear about Montanans is the housing crisis our state is facing,” said the tester. “I’ve seen firsthand the work NeighborWorks Montana is doing to help keep the roofs over the heads of more Montanans, and I was proud to help secure the funding they need to do this. important work. Community development projects like these are critically important to supporting our working families, while keeping pace with Montana’s economic growth.
Tester led efforts to increase housing supply in Montana. Through his role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, he played a key role in negotiating a bipartisan budget agreement that made substantial investments in affordable housing initiatives, including the HOME development block grant programs. and Community.
Tester has helped secure over $4 million for the Montana public housing authority and over $26 million for affordable housing in Indian Country. He also worked to secure $15 million in HUD funding made available by the American Rescue Plan to support the construction, purchase or rehabilitation of affordable housing for low and very low income families. It also hosted a housing summit to gather ideas and suggestions from stakeholders and constituents on how to tackle the growing housing crisis, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it secured 3 $.3 million to support housing, public health, coronavirus response and the economy. disruption needs. Last November, Tester was awarded nearly $1.7 million for rural housing and economic development in Montana through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Awards Program.