Missoula applies for state and federal grants for housing, parks

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Abandoned mobile homes on Defoe Street are surrounded with chain link fence in March following evictions to make room for an apartment complex.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian Jordan Hansen

Missoula has submitted grant applications to the state’s department of commerce for federal money on two projects — one that would help a group of manufactured home owners buy the land their houses sit on, and another for upgrades to Lions Park.

The federal Community Development Block Grants are a response to the COVID pandemic. Montana has received three allocations for these grants, totaling $10,174,175, all of which comes from the American Rescue Plan Act.

According to the city, Missoula, Great Falls and Billings — all Metropolitan Statistical Areas, a designation that was recently threatened — are eligible for about $6.235 million because of their MSA status.

The first request is in partnership with NeighborWorks’ Resident Owned Communities (ROC) program and asks for $1.3 million.

The project would “support acquisition and preservation of at least 20 homes in Missoula through the ROC

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