Building Community

Building Community

We love the Northside and Westside neighborhoods and do what we can to help neighbors build a healthy, vibrant community of opportunity in which people of all ages and abilities can live, work, and play.

Building Power Through Community Organizing

At NMCDC, we are founded on the tenets of community-initiated action; it’s not our mandate to do for – but to act alongside community members who want to understand the forces that impact their lives and take action to improve their health and well-being. With the help of our full-time community organizer on staff, we support Northside and Westside neighbors in developing their skills as trained leaders, building stronger relationships and community power, and acting to make structural change and increase equity in our neighborhoods.

NMCDC and the Northside-Westside CREW are proud members of Common Good Missoula, a broad-based community organization in the IAF Northwest network.

Economic Development

While we focus a lot of energy on developing permanently-affordable housing, we know that the other side of the coin is individual and community access to economic opportunity and wealth. To create a place for neighborhood businesses and employment, NMCDC founded and manages the Burns Street Center in the Westside. Burns Street Center offers affordable rent to our tenants, a food hub for the Westside, jobs for neighbors, and a community center open to the public.

Tenants in Burns Street Center currently include: Burns Street Bistro, the Western-Montana Growers Cooperative, and Plant Perks. NMCDC’s office is also located here.

The Burns Street Center is also a community center for the Westside and available for rental at an affordable rate. Interested in renting the Burns Street Center?

Engagement & Programs

Our community has historically been under-resourced, leaving some folks without access to basic programs providing childcare, social opportunity, and play. Alongside neighborhood leaders and volunteers, NMCDC offers programs to serve our community’s needs, including Missoula Outdoor Cinema, summertime youth programs, and our quarterly free community dinner.


NMCDC has worked with, incubated, and continues to support incredible organizations and efforts across the community! Check out our partners:

The Moon-Randolph Homestead:
Less than two miles from downtown Missoula, history and culture intertwine at an old ranch in the Rattlesnake foothills. The City of Missoula purchased the 470-acre Randolph property in 1996 to preserve open space for animals, plants and people.In 1998 the NMCDC sponsored a community campaign to preserve the homestead, creating the Hill and Homestead Preservation Coalition (HHPC).
Since 2000, the NMCDC has managed the homestead through a cooperative agreement with the City of Missoula Parks and Recreation Department. The Moon-Randolph Homestead is open to the public and hosts community events.

Project Westside Park:
NMCDC provides staff and fundraising support for the Project Westside Park capital campaign and redevelopment plan. Westside Park’s playground, built in 1998, has exceeded its life expectancy of 20 years and needs to be replaced within 9-12 months.
A park and playgrounds with improved visibility, modern play features for all abilities, and additional green space will meet the needs of this growing neighborhood and school



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