NeighborWorks Montana helps low and moderate income families buy or rent a home and keep their home by providing education and financial assistance throughout Montana.
NWMT provides a range of housing-related support to individuals and families who need help overcoming the issues of high housing costs, coupled with low wages that are prevalent in our state. Housing that Montanans can afford is an important economic engine, bringing stability to communities and the workforce – home is where jobs go to sleep at night.
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First-time home buyer Michael is a perfect example of a client who benefited from NWMT’s network of partners. Michael, who has used a wheelchair since 2007, completed home buyer education classes through NWMT partner Homeword. Shortly after the class, he took a job that required moving to another Montana city. He continued to work with the network to look for a home that was accessible and affordable, purchasing one in 2014. “Owning a wheelchair-accessible home has been a very empowering experience,” Michael says, but not just for himself. “To be able to see that owning a home is an achievable goal with the right resources regardless of any adversities that a person may face,” has been helpful to others in the disabled community, explains Michael. His eyes light up when he talks about the home-improvement projects he has completed, such as putting in a fence for his service dog, Courage, and helping his young daughter paint her bedroom walls purple. “It is very empowering … to complete each project that will improve the value of the home … as well as return the investment put forward by NeighborWorks,” Michael says.