Buffalo Court senior housing, located just past the District 4 Human Resources Development Council building along 5th Avenue south, is seen during its grand opening in 2012. HRDC is in the planning stages of a second phase of low-income housing, to be called Antelope Court.
Local residents are invited to a meeting Monday to hear about the second phase of a community action group's work to increase needed housing in the area.
This phase will provide low-income housing, including apartments with accessibility for people with disabilities.
Karen Thomas, executive director of District 4 Human Resources Development Council in Havre, said the council is in the planning stages for Antelope Court, which would be located by the previously built senior living complex Buffalo Court. The council is holding the meeting Monday to explain the project and obtain comments about it.
"We're excited," she said.
HRDC opened Buffalo Court in 2012 to provide 20 units for people age 55 and older. Antelope Court would be just south of that complex, which is at 2351 5th Avenue near the HRDC offices.
Thomas said the new development, planned to have 30 to 32 one- and two-bedroom apartments, will have handicap access and is aimed for low-income families.
"We know that there's a shortage of that kind of housing," she said.
HRDC is partnering with GL Development of Helena in the project.
HRDC is applying for low-income housing tax credits and likely will apply for grants through other programs to help with construction cost, she said. The facility would be exempt from property taxes.
The meeting will start Monday at 9 a.m. at the HRDC Community Center at 2229 5th Avenue. People are asked to use the north door at the facility to go to the meeting.
People also are invited to submit comments about the need for affordable multi-family rental housing in their area to the Montana Board of Housing at PO Box 200528, Helena, MT 59620-0528, or via fax at 406-841-2841.