ADVOCACY

Homeword advocates locally, statewide and at the federal level for policies that create sustainable communities for all, including those pertaining to homeownership, financial skill building, sustainable methods and homes Montanans can afford.

Homeword is a member of:

  • Montana Housing Coalition – The Montana Housing Coalition (MHC) advocates for a coherent state housing policy that creates homes that working families, seniors, and Montanans with disabilities can afford to rent or buy.
  • Missoula Home Coalition –The purpose of the Missoula Home Coalition (MSLAHC) is to expand the accessibility of safe, quality homes that Missoulians can afford primarily through public policy. The Coalition has come together to address the many issues currently impeding the accessibility of homes for all who want to live in Missoula by organizing, convening, educating and mobilizing stakeholders to advocate for more community-responsive policy.
  • National Housing Resource Center – The National Housing Resource Center (NHRC) is an advocate for the nonprofit housing counseling industry, as well as for housing consumers, for communities of color, for the elderly, and for under-served populations. This website is home resources and tools for housing counselors.

Homeword Endorses Mountain Line Mill Levy

Homeword supports active transportation for our residents, clients, staff and volunteers as well as the community at large.

We endorse the November 2020 mill levy to expand service into late evenings and full weekends, to increase frequency on some routes and expand curb-to-curb service for seniors and those with disabilities.

A foundational value of Homeword’s mission is using sustainable methods to strengthen communities. We believe creating opportunities for people to access multi-modal transportation helps them save money, get to school, work and medical appointments and improves air quality by reducing carbon emissions.

Homeword has long partnered with Mountain Line to promote access to transit. We initially purchased bus passes for residents at Homeword properties in the Missoula Urban Transportation District. When Mountain Line eliminated fares to make ridership more accessible and affordable, we became a Zero Fare partner to expand these benefits to the entire community.

We are mindful a mill levy increase will be supported by property taxpayers and have weighed the impact to renters and homeowners.

We believe this investment in reliable, affordable transportation will achieve substantial long-term goals for our community that make Missoula a stronger, healthier and more prosperous community for everyone for years to come.