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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

rentercenter@mso.umt.edu

Missoula Housing Authority

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

Missoula Housing Authority website

mhainfo@missoulahousing.org

(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

info@hrcxi.org

406-728-3710

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.