Address & Phone

3124 1st Ave North
Billings, MT 59101
406.206.2717

Primary Contact

Carrie Sharp
[email protected]
thehomecenter.org

Services

Financial Literacy Education
Financial Literacy Counseling
Homebuyer Education
Homebuyer Counseling
Rental Education
Rental Counseling

Counties

Billings
Hardin

Organization Description

The Home Center in Billings helps families and individuals of all incomes find decent, affordable homes to:

Get all of the information in one place. The Home Center provides program information, financial and homebuyer counseling and education and rental referrals.

Help hard-working families achieve the American dream of homeownership. The Home Center offers down-payment assistance.

Encourage families to save. The Home Center offers a matched savings program, in which families open a savings account, attend financial education and save $1,000 over a six month period, to be matched for a down payment.

Make homeowners more successful. The Home Center provides homebuyer education and individual homeownership planning to better prepare buyers.

Provide rental information and counseling to help tenants and landlords on how to be a good renter and a good landlord and where to find the rental that fits your needs.

Build a better future for Billings. The Home Center looks for ways to improve neighborhoods, remove blight and renovate existing housing stock.

Ease the shortage of good housing. The Home Center collaborates with developers and builders to create more quality workforce housing.

Homebuyer Education Classes

The Home Center offers Homebuyer Education classes in Billings and in Hardin to teach potential homeowners about the process of purchasing a home. The successful completion of the class is often a requirement for many down-payment-assistance and loan programs. Classes are held on Saturdays or three weekday evenings.

This is a great program for both new and experienced home buyers and provides a good opportunity to become a more educated home buyer and homeowner. The class is taught by certified homeownership educators and other professionals from the community who provide presentations on a range of homeownership topics including:

  • Budgeting for your household and determining affordability
  • Understanding and evaluating your credit and how to use credit wisely
  • Choosing a lender and understanding loan products, savings programs and their terms
  • Understanding the title insurance and closing process
  • Working with a real estate agent who really grasps your needs and price range
  • Understanding the scope and value of home inspections
  • Choosing insurance policies
  • Maintaining your home so it continues to be an appreciating asset

2018 Class Schedule

Date Time Location
December 15 8:30 – 5:30PM First Montana Title

Financial Literacy Classes

The Home Center offers free Financial Education classes in Billings once a month. The purpose of the class is to teach individuals and families how to take charge of their financial life. This is a great program for anyone looking to become more educated about personal financial management. The class is taught by certified financial counselors and other professionals from the community who provide presentations on a range of homeownership topics including:

  • Creating a budget that works
  • Saving for future goals
  • Evaluating your credit, rebuilding credit and using credit wisely
  • Understanding taxes and insurance
  • Avoiding pitfalls and consumer traps

Registration and Payment

Registration: Advanced registration is required and opens approximately one month prior to beginning date of class. Register early as classes fill up quickly!

Fill out the registration form, print it and mail it to: The Home Center, 3124 1st Ave. N., Billings, MT 59101.

Class Fee: Homebuyer Education classes are $30 per person or $50 per household. Fee is due at time of registration and is non-refundable. A $25 returned check fee, payable to The Home Center, will be charged for all returned checks, in addition to any bank fees. Financial Education classes are free.

Location: Classes are held at Head Start, 615 N. 19th St., Billings; The Home Center, 3124 1st Ave. N., Billings, unless otherwise noted.

If you have special needs such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act please let us know and we can make accommodations for you.
Note: Our classroom is not suitable for children. Please make childcare arrangements.

Questions: Contact 406-206-2717.

2018 Class Schedule

Date Class Time Location
┬áJuly 12 Savings 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
August 9 Budgeting 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
August 23 Insurance 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
September 6 Savings 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
September 20 Credit 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
October 4th Budgeting 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
October 18th Insurance 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
November 1st Savings 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
November 15th Credit 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
November 29th Budgeting 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center
December 13th Insurance 5:30 – 7PM The Home Center