Public Housing

As one of the oldest federal programs in America, Public Housing has the mission to provide quality housing solutions for low and middle income households in Missoula and the surrounding area. Anyone can apply for Public Housing, by attending a Mandatory Orientation session. (*See below for mandated eligibility restrictions) Please see our admissions page for the weekly Orientation schedule. If you are found eligible for Public Housing, you will pay rent at 30% of your Adjusted Monthly Income, as well as utilities in most units. The remaining 70% is paid for through federally allocated funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.).

Because Public Housing is a federally subsidized program, to maintain their continued occupancy, Public Housing residents are obligated to report any changes in family income, composition or status within the required time period. In addition, adult residents are required to perform 8 hours of community service per month, unless exempt.

In addition to rental assistance, Public Housing currently provides the following additional FREE services to residents:


Resident Opportunity and Self Sufficiency program can help you with problems by connecting you with Missoula community resources. Learn more...


The Public Housing Family Self Sufficiency program can help you keep and/or get a job and increase your savings. Learn more...

Federally mandated eligibility restrictions

MHA is required to reject the application of a household if MHA determines that:

  • Any household member is currently engaging in illegal drug use, or current patterns of alcohol abuse may threaten the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents.
  • Any household member has ever been convicted of manufacture or production of methamphetamine on the premises of any federally assisted housing.
  • Any member of the household is subject to a lifetime registration as a sexual offender.

Program Information

The Low Rent Public Housing Program was created by the U.S. Housing Act of 1937. Administration of the Public Housing Program and the functions and responsibilities of the Public Housing Authority (PHA) staff shall be in compliance with the PHA’s Personnel Policy, this Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy, and the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Public Housing Regulations, Handbooks, and Notices, where applicable, as well as all Federal, State and local laws, including Fair Housing Laws and regulations. Changes in applicable federal law or regulations shall supersede provisions in conflict with this policy. Federal regulations shall include those found in Volume 24 CFR, Subpart A & B (Code of Federal Regulations).

The purpose of this Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP) is to establish guidelines for the Housing Authority staff to follow in determining eligibility for admissions and continued occupancy. These guidelines are governed by the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with latitude for local policies and procedures. These policies and procedures for admissions and continued occupancy are binding upon applicants, residents, and MHA.

This Admissions and Continued Occupancy Plan for the Public Housing Program is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • A.1.a) To provide improved living conditions for extremely low, very low and low income families while maintaining their rent payments at an affordable level.
  • A.1.b) To operate a socially and financially sound Public Housing agency that provides drug-free, decent, safe, and sanitary housing with a suitable living environment for tenants and their families.
  • A.1.c) To avoid concentrations of economically and socially deprived families in any one or all of MHA’s Public Housing developments.
  • A.1.d) To lawfully deny the admission of applicants, or the continued occupancy of residents, whose habits and practices reasonably may be expected to adversely affect the health, safety, comfort or welfare of other residents or the physical environment of the neighborhood, or create a danger to MHA employees.
  • A.1.e) To attempt to house a tenant body in each development that is composed of families with a broad range of incomes and rent-paying abilities that is representative of the range of incomes of low-income families in MHA’s jurisdiction.
  • A.1.f) To promote upward mobility opportunities for families who desire to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • A.1.g) To facilitate the judicious management of MHA inventory, and the efficient management of MHA staff.

To ensure compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all other applicable Federal and State laws and regulations so that the admissions and continued occupancy are conducted without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, familial status, gender, religion, creed (state law), marital status (state law), or age (state law).

Household Obligations for Public Housing

To learn about household obligations for Public Housing, please review the Public Housing Participant Information page.