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Emergency Rent, Utility Assistance Now Available for Montanans Financially Impacted by COVID-19

Montanans can check their eligibility and apply now for Emergency Rental Assistance at HOUSING.MT.GOV.

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced that 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.

“The last year has brought real, serious challenges to hardworking Montana families through no fault of their own,” Governor Greg Gianforte said. “Emergency rental assistance will help Montanans, who have struggled financially through this pandemic, get back on their feet and remain secure in their homes.”

Funded through the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and appropriated by the Montana Legislature, this emergency rental assistance will help an estimated 8,000 Montana renters stay in their homes.

“So many Montanans have been hit hard financially by the economic fallout of the pandemic,” said Montana Department of Commerce Director Scott Osterman. “Now, assistance is here for individuals and families who have lost income because of COVID-19 and are at risk of losing their homes.”

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.

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.

Montanans can check their eligibility and apply now for Emergency Rental Assistance at HOUSING.MT.GOV.


Emergency Housing

Emergency Housing Assistance CARES Act

The Corona Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law by the President on March 27, 2020 will provide fast and direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves job for American industries.

The CARES Act has provided funds through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program to help individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming with short-term emergency rental assistance in order to maintain or achieve housing stability.

If you or anyone you know is homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please feel free to refer them to our agency. Click here for an application.

Contact us if you would like us to email or send you one via regular mail.

If you have any questions about the ESG-CARES Act program, please give us a call at (406)535-7488 or toll-free at (800)766-3018.

District 6 HRDC serves the following counties for the Emergency Housing CARES Act


Central Montana 

Eastern Montana

  • Fergus
  • Golden Valley
  • Judith Basin
  • Musselshell
  • Petroleum
  • Wheatland
  • Dawson
  • Garfield
  • McCone
  • Prairie
  • Richland
  • Wibaux


US Department of Housing

Temporary Concerns Regarding Rent and Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent click here to view flyer.