Statewide & City Initiatives

Montana Department of Commerce

  • Montana Ready Communities: Montana experienced presidentially-declared natural disasters in 2011, 2012, and 2013 that resulted in extensive flooding and wildfires throughout the state; these adverse events affected 45 of the state’s 56 counties and disproportionately impacted low-income, rural, and tribal communities. The VISTA member will facilitate the creation of Montana’s Natural Disaster Framework, increase awareness of and engagement of communities to prepare for natural disasters, and research and create a centralized website for the Montana Ready Communities Initiative. Apply Now!

City of Great Falls


  • Impacting Poverty & Fair Housing Choice: For too many people, housing choices can be constrained through discrimination, the operation of housing markets, capital investment choices, regional history / geography, and development patterns of the built environment. These factors contribute to segregation, racially concentrated areas of poverty, and unequal access to vital community assets that shape life outcomes and income status. The overall goal of this project is to develop and implement a statewide plan to overcome barriers to housing choice and promote inclusivity. Apply Now!

Missoula Office of Housing and Community Development

  • Expanding Access to Affordable and Fair Housing - Position Link Pending: The overall goal of this project is to develop and implement a plan to overcome barriers to housing choice and promote inclusivity through research and development of data-informed best practices. This will require significant research and ability to analyze and synthesize community assessments with both qualitative and quantitate data in order to propose solutions and develop materials to address affordable and fair housing. This project will help alleviate poverty through the preservation and development of affordable and fair housing citywide.