Open house announced for a new home made for the workforce

By Chelsea Ditmore
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Do you work in Red Lodge? Tired of renting? Are you Income qualified? If the answer is “Yes” to these questions, you are the perfect candidate to purchase this brand new home built for the Red Lodge Workforce. Come down to our open house June 27 at 4 p.m. for a special ribbon cutting and a premier walkthrough of the home. Refreshments will be available from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

We are so happy to say we now have a home for sale for our working class. This 1478 Sq. ft., 3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom home is located at 311 Cooper right here in town and 100 percent move in ready. The sale price is $180,000 and the home features include Energy Star appliances, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, off street parking, a storage shed, upgraded insulation, 200 amps electrical, and fencing.

Red Lodge, as a small rural resort town, has a serious work force housing problem. The people who work hard to support our community, such as teachers, nurses, service industry employees, often can't afford to rent or own in our community. The Workforce Housing Steering Committee (Lenders, Realtors, Insurance, The City, Businesses and highly engaged volunteers) has been working hard for years to address the lack of affordable housing in our community.

To ensure this home is affordable to you and stays permanently affordable, we have used the Community Land Trust model, which means Trust Montana owns the Land and the buyer owns the home. This makes the home affordable to you as well as the next workforce buyer, yet still gives you the amenities of owning your own home. As you make improvements to the property you will increase the value of the home and your own equity. Chances are your house payment could be equal to or less than what you pay in rent each month.

Are you ready to get started, have questions or curious about the project? Join us for the Open House on June 27th and see it for yourself! We can also discuss income eligibility, options for various down payment and closing cost assistance as well as the next steps of buying your home. For more details, go online to,connect with, or call (406) 446-2820.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

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11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

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