Our Redeemer, Helena-area nonprofits request $2.4M subsidy for affordable housing project

Nolan Lister

A 113-unit housing development project born out of a partnership between Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and three Helena-area nonprofits is seeking $2.4 million in subsidies from local government.

Gretchen Krumm, a project architect with Helena firm Mosaic Architecture, who is spearheading the planning phase of the project on behalf of Our Redeemer, told local government officials during a joint meeting Tuesday evening that “affordable housing can’t be developed on the site without public subsidy.”

The church intends to sell about 11 acres of its land, located between Benton Avenue and Green Meadow Drive just north of Custer Avenue, at a cost that will facilitate low-income housing development.

Helena Area Habitat for Humanity, YWCA Helena and Rocky Mountain Development Council (RMDC) are the nonprofits involved, and RMDC’s board recently approved a plan for its organization to act as lead developer contingent upon the local subsidies.

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