Montana Public Radio

Eran Fowler Pehan

Midsize cities in the western U.S. are facing a housing crunch. 

(L-R) Missoula Mayor John Engen, County Commissioner Cola Rowley, County Commissioner Josh Slotnick and County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier during a press conference on affordable housing in Missoula, May 28, 2019.
Edward O'Brien / Montana Public Radio

More than 200 units of affordable housing are coming to Missoula, local officials announced Tuesday. It’s part of a big public-private collaboration involving several entities.

"This is a big deal, Missoula. This is a real big deal," says County Commissioner Dave Strohmaier.

Lack Of State Housing Funding Puts Montana In Crisis

May 12, 2016
Homeless man sits in the riverside park in Missoula
Claire Burgeson

A recent survey revealed some surprising opinions among Montanans. Professor Christopher Muste helped conduct the survey for the University of Montana and Stanford University.

“What we found is that a large majority, almost three-quarters of Montana, were willing to have the government spend more money specifically for low-income housing and for housing for homeless people.”

Flickr user Ed Yourdon (BY-NC-SA-2)

The U.S Department of Justice last month said local laws prohibiting public camping and sleeping amounts to criminalizing homelessness.