Coming Soon: Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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Coming Soon: Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program will provide rent and utility assistance to Montanans who have been financially impacted, directly or indirectly, by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renters will be able to apply directly for rent and utility assistance, and landlords will be able to apply on behalf of renters with the renter’s co-signature and required documentation.

Renters will need to provide income documentation to verify program eligibility.

To streamline the application review process, we recommend renters file their 2020 tax return now and have that document available to submit when the program opens for applications.

The program is still being developed, but interested applicants can begin preparing for their applications using the information below.


For Renters:

  1. Check eligibility. To be eligible for rental or utility assistance:
    • An applicant's household income cannot exceed 80 percent of the area median income. Area median income information can be found here:
    • The applicant or someone in their household must have experienced income loss, financial hardship, qualified for unemployment benefits, or incurred significant costs due directly or indirectly to COVID-19.
    • Applicants must be able to show that they are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. For example, if they have received a past due rent notice or eviction notice or if they are experiencing unsafe or unhealthy living conditions.
  1. Gather application materials, including:
    • Lease Agreement
    • Demonstration of need:
      • A late rent or eviction notice
      • Utility bill, late payment notice or shut off notice
    • Income documentation:
      • 2020 IRS tax return

      • Documentation of all household member income sources for the most recent two months, which may include:
        • Paystubs for wages earned for the past two months
        • Most recent Social Security or pension award letter
        • TANF statement
        • Unemployment insurance benefit statement
        • Evidence of child support income for the past two months
        • Self-employment 2020- Schedule C or profit and loss statement
        • Documentation of other income for the past two months

For Landlords:

  • Gather the W9 for the appropriate rental property where they have notified a renter of a late payment or sent an eviction notice
  • Landlords will need their renter’s signature on the application once they are ready to submit

The program is not yet taking applications but applicants can begin getting their materials ready now. Watch for Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program updates at HOUSING.MT.GOV