Forty Years of Ownership and Opportunity

HUD's Investment in Montana 1965 to 2005

In 1965, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and the Public Housing Administration merged to create the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD administers programs that increase homeownership, provide aid for housing for lower income persons, support community development and increase access to housing free from discrimination. To support these goals, HUD provides single-family and multi-family mortgage insurance for low and moderate income households, block grants for housing, revitalization and rehabilitation efforts, rental housing subsidies for low income households, and a variety of other grants and loans to stem the tide of homelessness, help with disaster relief, create healthy homes, eliminate drugs, and to promote safe neighborhoods. HUD works in partnership with nonprofits, the private sector, city and state entities, and other Federal agencies. Since 1965, the total combined direct investment, rental subsidies to properties and tenants, and other grants and loans in Montana is estimated at more than $15 billion. The breakdown by broad program area in 2005 dollars is given below:

Direct Investment Current dollars
FHA Single-family Insurance 114,000 units $10,100,000,000
FHA Multifamily Insurance 10,100 units $480,000,000
Public Housing 1,000 units $80,000,000
Indian Housing 6,200 units $870,000,000
Housing for Elderly and Disabled 1,100 units $80,000,000
Community Development $930,000,000
Rental Housing Subsidies
Section 8 Vouchers and Certificates 12,900 units $1,600,000,000
(Tenant and Project Based)
Public Housing 2,000 units $100,000,000
Indian Housing 6,200 units $700,000,000
Other Grants and Loans $320,000,000
(Fair housing, housing counseling, homeless programs, etc.)
ESTIMATE FOR MONTANA $15,260,000,000

HUD's infrastructure and housing investments, housing support and commitment to access housing free from discrimination have contributed positively to the state over the past 40 years. Since 1965, Montana's employment grew by an average of more than 6,200 jobs a year, the homeownership rate increased from 65 percent to 72 percent, many low and moderate income areas have been revitalized and families in need of housing assistance found places to live.


Content Archived: April 12, 2011