COVID-19 Housing Assistance

There are a number of community housing resources available to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rental Assistance, State of Montana Department of Commerce

Governor Bullock issued a Directive on Monday, April 13, 2020 to provide emergency rental assistance to eligible Montanans.  This Directive will create a program to provide rental assistance to households experiencing substantial financial hardship due to COVID-19.  The program will include relief funds for households with children eligible for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  The details on eligibility and the application process will be released on or before April 17 by the Department of Commerce. 

Read the details in the press release

CARES Act Emergency Housing Grants

Montana’s Emergency Housing Assistance program is offering grants from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to Montanans who have lost a job or substantial income as a result of COVID-19. Eligible households may include up to three months assistance with rent, security deposit, mortgage payment, and/or hazard insurance assistance. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply here.

Housing First- Emergency Rental Assistance

The HRDC’s Housing First program works with individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness through a combination of case management, financial coaching, and housing support.

The HRDC’s Homeownership Center: Foreclosure Intervention Counseling

Learn more about HRDC’s foreclosure intervention process.

Montana Legal Services Association

Consult MLSA’s guide to housing issues related to COVID-19 or call 1-800-666-6899.

ASMSU Legal Services

Montana State University Students are able to make virtual appointments with ASMSU Legal Services.  Legal issues can include landlord/tenant law, lease issues, and so on.

The Montana Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

Learn more about rights and duties under the Montana Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

On September 2, 2020, CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield signed a declaration determining that the evictions of tenants could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This Order is a temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 and is effective September 4, 2020 through December 31, 2020.  To learn more, please visit
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