Missoula Housing Authority lands grant to provide job training to residents

The Missoula Housing Authority will receive a grant to provide job training to Montanans who live in public housing, Sen. Jon Tester announced this weekend.

Tester said the grants are part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency program. The program provides funding to hire coordinators who pair public and private resources with services to promote independence.

“These grants will improve living conditions for hundreds of Montanans, including folks in Missoula,” Tester said. “Every person deserves a roof over their head and the satisfaction of a good day’s work. Affordable housing and quality job training provides economic security for families and empowers them to succeed.”

Tester, a member of the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said the Missoula Housing Authority will receive around $246,000 to provide the service. Last year, Tester secured more than $11 million to support housing programs across Montana.

The new grant continues an upbeat start to 2018 for the Missoula Housing Authority. Last month, the organization won a competitive bid to purchase the 96-unit Wildflower Apartment complex on 34th Street, a move that will preserve it as affordable housing.

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