New building for unhoused veterans in Missoula moves forward

David Erickson

Barring any unforeseen setbacks, 20 new apartment homes for unhoused military veterans in Missoula should be ready by the end of 2024.

Last week, the Missoula County commissioners voted unanimously to allow a $540,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Montana Department of Commerce to be used for the Poverello Center’s Housing Montana Heroes Veterans Housing Program.

The Pov has acquired the former 17-room Clark Fork Inn at 1010 West Broadway and is in the process of transforming the property in order to relocate its veterans housing program to the site.

Heidi West, a Missoula City Council member who works as a grants administrator for the county, told the commissioners earlier this week that the project should go out to bid for contractors this fall.

“Construction should begin next year and be finalized by the end of 2024,” she said.

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The chosen contractors will deconstruct one of the buildings on site and rehab four existing hotel rooms. Then 16 new units will be constructed for a total of 20 units of housing for veterans.

The nonprofit Poverello Center bought the building for $1.57 million in 2022 using

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