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Montana Housing Partnership Conference Going Virtual

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Montana Housing Partnership Conference Going Virtual

To protect against the spread of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 the Montana Housing Partnership has decided to move to a one-day virtual format for the annual housing partnership conference originally scheduled for June 15-17. We will postpone the in-person content to June of 2021.

While we are incredibly disappointed we won’t be gathering in person this year, the health and safety of our sponsors and attendees is our number one priority. We are excited to announce that we will be holding a one-day virtual conference on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020.  Please stay tuned for further details regarding our virtual day together – MTHOUSINGPARTNERSHIP.ORG.

In the coming weeks we will be refunding registration fees for those who had already registered. We will let you know when this process has been completed. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and we will be happy to answer them.



2020 Housing Partnership Conference, June 15-17

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This conference is a collaborative effort of the Montana Housing Partnership which is a group of housing professionals in business and government across the state. It is a great networking and training event that brings housing organizations, developers, government agency representatives, and other housing stakeholders together to focus on solutions for Montana. The goal is to share information and experiences while creating opportunities for peer exchange and collaboration.

This year’s plenary speakers are booked, and we are excited for them to share their knowledge and ideas with all of you. We will be joined by Rural Sociologist and Senior Research Fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension, Ben Winchester; Senior Vice President of Artspace, Greg Handberg; and Communication Coach and Owner of Elkins Consulting, Sarah Elkins. On Tuesday afternoon we are thrilled to offer four tours for you to choose from, each with a different area of focus. We will also have a wonderful opportunity to network with one another while appreciating our state’s history during the Networking Reception, being held at the Montana Historical Society.

Learn more and get registered! CLICK HERE to visit the event website.

Impacts Under the Big Sky Exhibit

At this year’s Montana Housing Partnership Conference, we are offering a special exhibit to highlight projects, initiatives, programs, and research occurring across Montana. The Impacts Under the Big Sky Exhibit will include a poster display at the conference and information shared on our website.

Submissions are due by March 25. We invite you to submit your information for consideration by visiting the CONFERENCE WEBSITE. Submissions do need to have a housing focus, please.

There is no cost to participate in the exhibit and all posters and materials will be done by Montana Housing Partnership.

Want to be more involved in the conference? Consider being a sponsor! Contact Michelle Rogers at [email protected] or at 406-604-4547 for more details.

NeighborWorks Montana Receives Grant from HUD for Housing Counseling and Education

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded NeighborWorks Montana $443,184. NeighborWorks Montana is the only direct HUD grantee in the state of Montana receiving the HUD housing counseling grant and will disburse that money to its partner network of 15 community organizations across the state delivering housing education and counseling services to Montanans.

The HUD housing counseling and education money benefits Montanans who might not otherwise be able to achieve the goal of homeownership. In 2011, at 33 years old, Lori found herself in a situation she never thought she would be in – she was a single mom of three young boys with a significant amount of debt and a lack of hope for her future. She realized she wanted more for herself than living with her kids in a basement apartment. This realization set her on an 8-year journey toward homeownership. Lori got a couple of jobs and did everything she could to make ends meet. It took several years, but she paid off $20,000 of debt, got a 2-bedroom apartment, and continued to save as much as she possibly could. Earlier this year, Lori found herself in a position where she was finally able to start thinking about purchasing a home. Her lender Lynn Stenerson at Stockman Bank recommended the first-time homebuyer class at Homeword. Lori said, “Between my lender Lynn, and Julie Pavlish at Homeword, owning a home became an attainable goal. I suppose I just needed it broken into manageable pieces, and that’s what my homebuyer education class did for me. It’s been 8 years since I started out with less than nothing, and now here I am. I own my own home. For me, buying this house is a very tangible marker of how far I’ve come, and what I am capable of. I think we all need those tangible markers sometimes and a few people to help us along the way.”

Kaia Peterson, NeighborWorks Montana’s Assistant Director said, “As the price of homes in many Montana markets continues to rise, homeownership feels increasingly out of reach. Fortunately, with quality education and counseling, and affordable financing homeownership is actually still within reach for people like Lori and so many others across the state. Housing counseling and education is vital to keeping homeownership accessible, available and attainable for all Montanans, and this funding is critical to sustain that program. We encourage anyone interested in becoming a homeowner to contact one of our housing partners and access all of the great resources available to anyone working toward achieving this goal.”

Learn more about our partner network.