Community Solutions: Housing Displacement

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What is Displacement?

Displacement occurs when households lose their housing due to external reasons. Market and neighborhood-level factors such as low available stock and rising housing demand can lead owners of rental properties to raise rents when leases expire, sell or repurpose their properties to realize a higher rate of return.

Additionally, households that can typically afford their housing costs may be vulnerable to eviction or foreclosure because of unexpected expenses, changes in circumstances or personal emergencies.

Housing displacement is caused by a variety of factors and have different solutions depending on the experience and need. The Community Development division of Community Planning, Development and Innovation is exploring potential policy solutions to support residents impacted by housing displacement. In order to develop effective, community-based solutions we need to hear from residents about experiences, ideas and recommendations to influence housing policy.

Your Voice Matters!

Ways to engage:

  • Check the Newsfeed for updates and other opportunities to get involved
  • Share experiences, ideas and policy recommendations in the Forum feature
  • Take a short Survey on housing displacement
  • Use Places to share how you've been impacted by housing displacement in Missoula
  • Answer the Quick Poll to share your opinion about the City's role in addressing housing displacement

Thank you for your time and input! Enter your email address here for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Missoula Fresh Market!

What is Displacement?

Displacement occurs when households lose their housing due to external reasons. Market and neighborhood-level factors such as low available stock and rising housing demand can lead owners of rental properties to raise rents when leases expire, sell or repurpose their properties to realize a higher rate of return.

Additionally, households that can typically afford their housing costs may be vulnerable to eviction or foreclosure because of unexpected expenses, changes in circumstances or personal emergencies.

Housing displacement is caused by a variety of factors and have different solutions depending on the experience and need. The Community Development division of Community Planning, Development and Innovation is exploring potential policy solutions to support residents impacted by housing displacement. In order to develop effective, community-based solutions we need to hear from residents about experiences, ideas and recommendations to influence housing policy.

Your Voice Matters!

Ways to engage:

  • Check the Newsfeed for updates and other opportunities to get involved
  • Share experiences, ideas and policy recommendations in the Forum feature
  • Take a short Survey on housing displacement
  • Use Places to share how you've been impacted by housing displacement in Missoula
  • Answer the Quick Poll to share your opinion about the City's role in addressing housing displacement

Thank you for your time and input! Enter your email address here for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Missoula Fresh Market!

  • Take the Housing Displacement Survey by March 25!

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    There's still time to share your input on how housing displacement is affecting you and those close to you. The survey will close on Friday, March 25 and the forum and other tools will stay open for ongoing insight to be shared.


  • We want to hear from you - here’s your chance to influence where federal dollars are spent in our community!

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    In 2021, the City of Missoula received $1.3 million in HOME-ARP funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (HOME stands for the HOME Investment Partnership Program, and ARP is the American Rescue Plan).

    HOME-ARP dollars will primarily be used to address homelessness and supportive service needs in our community. This means we can fund things like developing additional rental housing, homeless shelters or transitional housing, and services that support our community like childcare, job training, housing search & counseling services, among others.

    Share your ideas for this funding through a short survey and ideas activity!

    https://www.engagemissoula.com/home-arp-funds-forum-and-survey

  • Upcoming: Community Listening Sessions

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    Missoulians face challenges in the housing market including risk of losing their current housing for several reasons. The Community Development Division of Community Planning, Development and Innovation is hosting community listening sessions to hear from residents about their experiences, concerns, and solution ideas to inform future policy strategies. Please join us for one of these vital community conversations!

    To simultaneously respect privacy and follow current COVID-19 guidance, listening sessions are held on Zoom and will not be recorded or broadcast on YouTube. Information shared in the listening sessions will be shared without names and reported out as themes, rather than individual experiences.

    Both listening sessions will follow the same format and are being offered at different times for schedule convenience. Community members are encouraged to attend one (1) session.

    Tuesday, February 8 from 12-1:30pm Zoom Link

    Thursday, February 17 from 6-7:30pm Zoom Link

    You may be able to participate in this session on a computer at the Public Library if you need technology access to join the listening session by Zoom. You are also welcomed to share individual feedback with Emily Harris-Shears outside of the listening sessions if you’re unable to attend.

    Contact Emily Harris-Shears, Affordable Housing Trust Fund Administrator with questions. Harris-shearse@ci.missoula.mt.us or 406.552.6394

Page last updated: 25 Apr 2022, 12:30 PM