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Missoula Community Resources: Housing

Need help with non-school related issues? This guide can help you find resources for childcare, food assistance, housing, and more.

ASUM Renter Center

Located in the UC, offers one-on-one counseling to "help students understand their rights under the Montana Residential Landlord-Tenant

Act, draft grievance and protest letters, and connect students with other community resources that can meet their individual needs."

Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

ASUM Renter Center website

(406) 243-2017

Missoula Housing Authority

Offers info on affordable housing and/or signing up for public housing, rental assistance, and coordinated housing.

Missoula Housing Authority website

(406) 549-4113

1235 34th Street, Missoula, MT 59801 (currently closed to the public due to COVID-19)

YWCA Emergency Housing

Families and individuals experiencing homelessness can visit the YWCA office (1130 W. Broadway Missoula, MT 59802), Monday- Friday, 9am- 5pm, to explore housing options and resources.

Learn more about the YWCA's emergency housing programs

Human Resource Council

Helps folks apply for LIEAP (energy/heat assistance), Section 8 housing, and rental assistance.

Human Resource Council website


Legal Help

Looking for legal help? Click on the "legal assistance" tab in this guide. The resources listed there can help you with any housing-related legal needs.

Experiencing housing insecurity?

If you meet HUD (Dept. of Housing and Urban Development) definition of homelessness - sleeping outside or in a place unfit for human inhabitation (also domestic violence and sometimes staying in motel) - then you need to be assessed in Coordinated Entry System:

  • You can be assessed at the Poverello Center, YWCA, Salvation Army or over the phone with 211

    • This is the queue for vouchers and rental assistance programs based on vulnerability score 

Whether or not a person/family meets HUD definition of homelessness, they have two options:

  1. Seek housing through “usual” means → Identify properties, meet with landlords, fill out applications, etc. A volunteer through the Housing Advocate Network can help them with these tasks, including getting “housing ready”, advocating for them with landlords, helping them to re-learn their story.

  2. Apply for emergency housing or utilize the community’s subsidized housing options, including Section 8 lists (there are two: One at Missoula Housing Authority, one at Human Resource Council). 

A participant can do any or all of the above, but should have a good understanding of their strengths and barriers before making these decisions.