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Affordable housing project unveiled in Missoula

Missoula Cornerstone Apartments
Posted at 3:42 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 17:42:31-05

MISSOULA — Some new apartments aimed at addressing Missoula’s housing and homelessness issues have been unveiled.

The Missoula Housing Authority (MHA) showed off the Cornerstone Apartments off Mullan Road in a virtual tour on Tuesday.

Officials say they achieve several goals, including energy efficiency and housing needs.

Located on Great Northern Loop in Missoula, the 12 units are aimed at providing permanent supportive housing for the homeless, or for people making less than 30% of the area median income.

MHA executive director Lori Davidson says while these are limited in number, she says this is a great step in the right direction.

She says the applicants are coming from the city’s coordinated entry system, and she hopes they will be full by the holidays.

“Everybody deserves nice housing, comfortable housing, housing that they can afford. It doesn’t matter what your income level is,” Davidson said.

“Here at the housing authority, we think that housing is a basic human right and that the community has a responsibility to ensure that that housing is available,” she continued.

The total construction cost was about $2.4 million with funding coming from grants, Climate Smart Missoula, Clearwater Credit Union, and the Missoula Housing Authority.

MHA is working on two other similar projects that will have about 400 combined units-construction on those is set to start next spring.