A Missoula tenant who lost her apartment in a fire says she has nowhere to go after learning the Missoula Housing Authority is running out of funds to pay for her hotel room.
NBC Montana first brought you this story last month when a man allegedly set fire to Vantage Villa Apartments on East Broadway, displacing over 40 people staying in housing subsidized by the Missoula Housing Authority.
The agency says it has found new homes for about half of those people, but it says it is running out of funds to keep the remaining 19 tenants in hotel rooms.
In a press release, the agency states it's spent over $100,000 on hotel rooms and transportation of belongings.
Elmira Gail is one of those tenants. She told us she just got an eviction notice that says she needs to be out in 14 days.
“Well, Monday I'm in my car, until they tell me otherwise, until they give me a place to live,” said Gail.
Officials say they'll continue to search for low priced units to move their tenants into while the apartment building is being rebuilt.
Here’s what’s needed: Immediately available studio or one-bedroom units, especially those that are accessible for persons who are mobility impaired. Rent including utilities needs to be around $650 per month and within MHA’s jurisdiction (city limits plus ten miles). Units at a minimum must have a private bathroom and kitchen. Nearby public transportation is ideal but not required. Reconstruction of Vantage Villa is estimated to take six to twelve months, so six-month leases are preferred.
Landlords with housing units that fit the needs, please contact Karl Pare at the Missoula Housing Authority at (406) 549-4113, ext. 124.
The furniture drive for the displaced Vantage Villa residents will be at the Missoula County Fairgrounds Llama Barn Tuesday, July 9th, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.