Community Development

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Our Community Development team’s work is guided by what we learn from our Community Needs Assessment. Over the past several years housing affordability has surfaced as a top concern for Southwest Montana. To help residents thrive, HRDC works to preserve and build homes across the housing continuum from homelessness to homeownership. 

Together, we work with community leaders to create changes to positively impact our customers’ lives.

Interested in purchasing a home from the HRDC?

For homeownership opportunities developed by the HRDC, we use the Community Land Trust Model to maintain affordability for future generations. This short video from our partners at Grounded Solutions explains the concept of Community Land Trust. HRDC has been operating with this model since the mid 1990’s for low and moderate income households. HRDC currently holds 51 homes in Bozeman and an additional 10 in Livingston using the Community Land Trust model.

Current homes for sale in Bozeman and Livingston.

To learn more, visit the Southwest Montana Community Housing Trust website.

Join the affordable homeownership interest list. Joining offers notifications for upcoming opportunities in our community including deed-restricted below market homes for sale.

Looking for more information on HRDC and our community? 

Partner With Us

From experience, we know how much further we can go by working together. Our team brings decades of experience in the development of community facilities and housing spanning from warming centers to tiny homes to multi-family buildings, with completed projects totaling over $60 million dollars. We are knowledgeable in project financing, blending private, State and Federal funding sources to accomplish project objectives. Contact us at for more information on how to partner with the HRDC on your next community housing endeavor.  

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Lila Fleishman

Community Development Director


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Katherine Daly

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Andy Ferguson

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Lila Fleishman


Lila Fleishman is a passionate problem solver. Her career focuses on building strong, resilient communities where everyone can access opportunities to thrive. As a Community Development Director for the Human Resource Development Council, District IX, Lila works to meet community needs along the entire housing continuum through new development, preservation, policy, and partnerships.

Lila holds a BA in Human Geography with a focus on urban planning and sustainability from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is working towards completing a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Colorado State University by 2024.

Katherine Daly

Community Development Project Coordinator

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Andy ferguson

Construction Project Manager

Andy joined the HRDC team in December 2022 and brings with him an energetic style of leadership in project management. He has served in various roles of business development and management since moving here in 2003.

Andy has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management, and after working in the private business sector for years, he is excited to focus his time now on managing HRDC’s construction projects.

Andy loves spending time with family and friends, especially if that includes being on the golf course so look to say hi if you are ever on the links!

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Brooke Poole

Public Sector

Since 2015, Brooke has been working with Allergan Aesthetics, Body Contouring. In 2018, Brooke began her role as Senior Manager of Training. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2011.

Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

Public Sector

Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.