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Interfaith group hopes to build momentum for affordable housing

Posted: 3:53 PM, Feb 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-06 17:53:14-05

MISSOULA – A group of Missoula church leaders are hoping to develop more momentum toward improving the state of affordable housing in the Garden City, saying “all residents” should have the opportunity to have shelter that matches their budgets.

A special “public action assembly” Thursday night looks into the growing shortage of affordable housing in Missoula. The situation is getting more attention, as Missoula residents scramble to pay higher rents, much less find homes that fit their budgets.

While recent reports indicate rents might be leveling out, the median home price continues to climb. Elected officials with the city, and Missoula County, blame much of that impact on the rising cost of land for both affordable, multi-family housing developments, and single family homes.

Missoula Interfaith Collaborative leaders believe it’s possible to find a “reality where all residents have the possibility of living in an affordable home.”

Thursday’s assembly will involve the public, elected officials, churches and other agencies discussing policy and getting the community engaged in developing affordable housing solutions.

The event happens from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church at 300 East Main Street.