The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program is taking applications from Montanans who have lost income and are at risk of housing instability due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Renters can receive a monthly maximum of $2,200 for past due and future rent payments, up to $300 for past due and future utilities including gas and electric, and $50 per month for internet. Households can access assistance dating back to April 1, 2020.
Household gross income cannot exceed 80 percent of the Area Median Income. For example, a family of four in Cascade County, the household income cannot exceed $56,800. For a two-person household in Flathead County, income cannot exceed $45,450.
Emergency Rental Assistance may be used for the following:
- Rent and past due rent;
- Utilities, past due utilities and home energy costs which are separately stated (this includes electricity and gas);
- Internet service.
Renters will not be required to provide a co-pay, and landlords are able to apply on behalf of their renters. Payments will be made directly to landlords and utility providers. W9s will be required.
To learn more, check your eligibility, and apply for Emergency Rental Assistance visit housing.mt.gov.