Proposed Activities

First Time Home Buyer Program

The First Time Home Buyer program provides down payment and closing costs loan assistance to low income households who have not owned a home in at least three years to purchase their first home within city limits.

Home Repair Programs

The City provides loan financing options to eligible homeowners to make substantial improvements to their homes to ensure safe, sanitary and energy-efficient housing.

Foreclosure Acquisition, Rehabilitation & Sale Program

The City has purchased seven vacant, foreclosed homes located in low income neighborhoods to rehabilitate and sale through the First Time Home Buyer program. This program is an extension of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program funded through the Montana Department of Commerce in 2009.

Affordable Housing Development

A minimum of 15% of the HOME annual allocation is required by HUD to be reserved for Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). These funds are made available by the City of Billings through an application and approval process involving both the Community Development Board and the City Council.

Billings Metro VISTA Project

The Billings Metro VISTA Project places AmeriCorps VISTA members to reduce of risk of homelessness and create the tools people in poverty need to build sustainable futures. Priority focus areas include education, financial literacy, housing, employment, food security, access to healthcare and services benefiting Veterans and military families.