The 2020 Emergency Housing Assistance program is now closed.
If you’re concerned about the ability to make your monthly rent or mortgage payment, we encourage you to work with your landlord, lender, and/or learn about available resources at HOUSING.MT.GOV.
*February 2021 Update*
Montana Housing with the Department of Commerce is working to develop a new program that will provide rent and utility assistance to eligible Montana renters who have experienced a financial hardship, due directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 emergency, and can demonstrate a risk of housing instability. Learn more and subscribe for program updates as more information becomes available at EmergencyRentalAssistance.MT.GOV.
About the 2020 Emergency Housing Assistance program:
Montana was one of the first states in the nation to launch a Coronavirus Relief Fund housing assistance program, opening the Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP) on May 7, 2020. Six states and the city of Chicago reached out to Montana to model their own programs on the Emergency Assistance Housing Program. In addition, Montana was one of only 11 states providing emergency housing assistance for both renters and homeowners.
The Emergency Housing Assistance program provided rent, security deposit, mortgage payment, and/ or hazard insurance assistance as needed to nearly 2,500 Montanans who lost a job or substantial income as a result of COVID-19.
A survey of program award recipients elicited more than 700 responses in a weeks’ time, with 88 percent of respondents saying they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their interaction with staff throughout the application process. The Department is using the feedback, experience and lessons learned from administering EHAP to develop a program to provide additional emergency rental assistance following the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.