The Bozeman Community Housing Action Plan was approved by City Commission on November 18th, 2019, and amended on January 13, 2020.
Progress and Numbers
This graphic timeline is available for download here.
Homes that those who live and/or work in Bozeman can afford to purchase or rent. This includes apartments, townhomes, condominiums, emergency shelters, accessory dwelling units, mobile homes, and single-family homes - all dwelling types - serving the entire spectrum of housing needs.
The Bozeman Community Housing Action Plan outlines a partnership framework to address community housing in Bozeman over at least the next five years. The Plan presents a set of actions that address a range of community housing needs. The 2019 City of Bozeman Community Housing Needs Assessment study showed that between 5,400 to 6,340 housing units are needed over the next five years to address the current housing shortfall for residents and the workforce and to keep up with job growth. This plan was developed to begin addressing identified community housing needs and to create a lasting framework for implementation that will evolve as the community and its housing needs continue to evolve.
The partnership framework for accelerating community housing in Bozeman is based on the recognition that no one entity can solve the local housing challenges – it takes a community to build a community.
Recognizing that there is no silver bullet – that no one housing strategy can do it all – the Housing Working Group evaluated about 40 different methods that could be used to address community housing needs in Bozeman. The reviewed options were based on strategies that have been used in high-amenity communities throughout the nation to address a variety of community housing needs.
Of the different options reviewed, the Working Group, with input from the public, housing needs assessment and technical assistance from the consultants, prioritized 17 of the options (see Action Plan pages 11 through 21) to implement within the next five years. Prioritization was required because neither the City nor the implementing partners have the capacity or resources to implement every strategy at once, nor would every strategy necessarily be effective in Bozeman. The other options are not lost, however. As the City and partners expand their capacity and successes, more strategies can be brought into the housing program to increase the impact of the actions taken.
The 17 strategies identified for implementation over the next five years cover a range of options and target a variety of incomes and housing types, ensuring that community housing needs are being addressed from multiple angles. This includes:
Funding: How do we pay for it?
Programs: How do we get people into homes?
Regulations: How do we make it happen?
Incentives: How do we make it easier?
Partnerships: How do we work together?
Preservation: How do we keep what we create?
Who were the participants of the Community Housing Action Plan Working Group?
A group of 20+ community stakeholders representing a range of community interests including:
- Bozeman School District
- Bozeman Health
- Human Resource Development Council
- Montana State University
- City Commission
- Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association
- Development & Architecture
- Community Affordable Housing Advisory Board
- Gallatin Association of Realtors
- Home Lenders
- Chamber of Commerce
- Southwest Montana Building Industry Association (SWMBIA)
- Bozeman Area Community Foundation
- Real Estate Development
- Downtown Bozeman Partnership
- Gallatin County Commission
- Missing Middle
- Property Management
- Habitat for Humanity
- Prospera Business Network
- Bozeman’s Affordable Housing Program Manager