Housing & Transportation
Finding a place to live during your term of service can seem overwhelming. More often than not, you’re looking for a place without being physically able to view it yourself. Our staff is here to support you but we ask that you first thoroughly research the property and who manages it. Another recommendation is to decide what you need in a living situation. Leaders and members will often cram into houses disregarding their needs of personal space. Living together can solidify relationships with other members or it may cause an undesired rift. That said, talk to people you’re thinking about rooming with. You should be able to decide fairly quickly if it will work for you. Just a reminder our office is located at 1203 Highway 2 West, #27, Kalispell MT 59901.
Questions to Consider
What is your housing need? Some positions will spend extended periods of time in the field, while others are focused more in town, and both scenarios can be true for the same position at different times of the season. Please talk to your hiring manager to determine how often you will need to acquire your own housing.
What are your housing preferences? You could rent an apartment or house with fellow MCCers, rent a room from a community member, camp, or a combination of these options. Camping during warmer months is an option but we do not recommend camping from February – March, and October.
What is your budget? Generally splitting a rental with fellow members is less expensive than renting a room from someone in the community, however, you normally have to pay a deposit and utilities. Generally renting a room from someone in the community has utilities included.
What is your transportation? Boots, bike, or 4 wheels? Our office is located on the west side of Kalispell within walking distance from several apartment complexes and directly adjacent to two neighborhoods. Your sphere of possibilities expands if you have a bike, and even more so if you have a car. There isn’t any camping within walking distance.
Resources to Help You Find Housing
MCC Northern Rockies Facebook Group: access is given upon hire
The Daily Interlake
All Pro Flathead Property Management
CoRental Property Management, Inc
Kalispell is a small enough town that you can walk to banks and grocery stores if you get a place that is centrally located. Keep in mind you need to get yourself to the office; from there we provide transportation to and from worksites. There is public transportation but it doesn’t run as frequently as you may need. Bikes are another good transportation option.
In recent years we have seen an increase in Uber drivers in the Flathead Valley, though they are not available at all times of the day and as a result aren’t a fully reliable form of transportation. Taxis are also available but can be expensive.