MISSOULA — Nearly 200 people representing more than 50 organizations joined in on a Zoom call on Wednesday night to discuss the state of housing in Missoula, housing that they say is a human right.
Common Good Missoula, a project of Missoula Interfaith Collaborative, hosted the online civic academy, calling the event, “Voices for Housing.” Throughout the meeting, the group learned about the history of housing policy, inequality in the housing system, and what reform would look like.
As development continues and housing vacancy rates decrease in Missoula, the group hopes to reduce rental barriers and define how and where development happens in the community.
The meeting ended with a call to action. The group is working to establish a Missoula Housing Trust Fund to help the community issue of housing affordability.
On Friday, Common Good Missoula will regroup to further discuss the housing trust fund. The plan is slated to go before the City Council on Monday.