Unused oilfield homes to be put to use for low-income Montanans

The City of Missoula and a local nonprofit have a plan to place six manufactured homes that went unused at the Bakken oil fields on a vacant lot next to the Missoula Food Bank as a little community for low-income residents.

Homeword, a nonprofit that works to provide affordable housing in the Missoula area, bought 10 small modular homes that originally were meant for oil workers last year. They are not considered “tiny homes” because they are bigger, 450 square feet for the one-bedroom version and 550 square feet for two bedrooms.

They’ll be placed on permanent foundations, with porches and storage added, and there might be a community garden area in the future. Five of the units will be sold to homebuyers at or below 80 percent of the Missoula area median income.

Will Sebern, the grants administrator for the city’s Office of


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