Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press
In a full-page ad placed in the May 13 edition of Helena’s Independent Record, the Helena branch of Habitat for Humanity pressed Gov. Greg Gianforte, along with other state and local officials, for specific action to address what it calls Montana’s housing “crisis.”
The nonprofit, which says it is scaling up efforts to build more homes in Helena, said several steps are necessary to help it and other entities address the crunch. Among them: putting state and local tax dollars toward housing subsidies, ensuring that construction regulations encourage dense urban development, and expanding the use of community land trusts.
The advertisement also references a May 6 Montana Free Press story that explores how Gianforte’s signature Come Home Montana campaign, a marketing effort encouraging former Montana residents to return to the state, has run headlong into widespread public frustration over rising housing prices.
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“Helena Area Habitat for Humanity agrees with the sentiment of the campaign: the push to make Montana a place where people can live and work and thrive,” the ad reads. “But Montana has quickly become inaccessible to those who currently live