Missoula affordable housing complex gets federal money for upgrades

A large Missoula affordable housing complex will get much-needed repairs and upgrades thanks to a big chunk of federal funding.

Last week, the Montana Department of Commerce announced that Homeword, a nonprofit in Missoula, will get $1.5 million to rehab the Creekside Apartments.

Located on the Clark Fork River between Missoula and East Missoula, the 161-unit apartment complex houses roughly 300 people. The units are rented to those who make 60% or less of the Area Median Income. Homeword purchased the apartments from a for-profit developer in 2017.

Homeword owns the 161-unit Creekside Apartments.

David Erickson

In 2022, Heather McMilin of Homeword told the Missoula City Council that the complex was built cheaply in 1996.

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“It was built at the lowest cost per unit that (building) code allowed,” she explained at the time. “All major systems are at the end of their useful life, but it’s critical to preserve the existing homes that people can afford to rent.”

She told the council that Homeword knew the building was going

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