Section 8 Programs
The HUD Section 8 Low Income Rental Assistance Housing Programs provide rental assistance to very low income families throughout Montana.
Tenant Based Section 8 Housing Assistance Programs
Housing Choice Vouchers
Financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Montana Housing Division. Allow very low income families to pay a set amount towards rent and utilities, based on their gross adjusted income (currently 30%).
Very low income families have incomes of 50 percent or less of the HUD median family income for the county in which the family resides, established by HUD annually. Income Limits can be found in the in the Section 8 Documents of this site. The programs provide subsidy payments to property owners on behalf of program participants.
Demand for the subsidy program exceeds the available supply of funds and there is an extensive waiting list. Since this program involves several processing procedures both before and after being placed on a waiting list, interested families are encouraged to inquire at their local Section 8 Field Agency. Go to Section 8 Documents for more information about these programs.
Project Based Section 8
The Project Based Section 8 agency is the contract administrator for properties that HUD manages throughout the state. There is a list of properties in the documents section of this site. They provide rental assistance to the projects instead of the tenants. Landlords perform administrative tasks at the local level. The agency performs the property reviews, property management, and make payments to owners. The agency earns fees from HUD for the tasks performed using tenant data and rent and payment structure. The Project Based Program renews contracts as they expire. Program specialists do special damage claims, annual rent increases, respond to emergencies, check compliance for fair housing and waiting lists, on-site management reviews, follow-up to physical inspections, review of management decisions, and budget assistance