Zinke touts legislation to help first responders, teachers obtain home loans

BOZEMAN — As housing prices continue to hit record highs here across the valley and across western Montana, buying a home is becoming more unattainable for people who live and work here.

U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke has co-sponsored legislation that would make it easier for first responders to buy a home.

“With anybody who’s relocating to Bozeman right now, you know, finding housing is a challenge,” says Bozeman Fire Chief Josh Waldo.

Waldo has seen first-hand how far some of his firefighters commute to work.

“People figure in that commute. If I have to drive, you know, an hour one way or 45 minutes one way is coming in to do a three-to-four-hour coverage,” says Waldo.

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