Community Development

Fair Housing Community Survey

The cities of Billings, Great Falls, and Missoula and the State of Montana are working together to create an Assessment of Fair Housing. The survey should take about 10 minutes of your time and will include questions about your home, neighborhood, and town.

Survey data will assist in the creation of policy and strategies to improve fair housing and equal opportunity across Montana. The survey will be available from

August 1 through December 31, 2018

. Thank you for participating!


The Community Development Division joins local partners with resources to increase access to housing, support capacity-building for local non-profit organizations, to create a sustainable community, and to promote neighborhood revitalization.The Division is primarily responsible for managing federal grant programs, including:
  • CDBG: Community Development Block Grant
  • HOME: HOME Investment Partnerships Program
  • VISTA: AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America
Activities assisted with Community Development programs must benefit lower income households and neighborhoods.City staff facilitates an annual allocation process to develop housing and neighborhood projects.

Guidelines for organizations to participate in the VISTA program are available through a Host Site proposal process held throughout the year.

Best Practices

The Division specializes in several best practice initiatives to support federal grant programs, including:
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