Montana

  • State Data Overview

    Across Montana, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    31,961
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    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -19,589
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $35,112
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    68%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Joey Lindstrom

    202.662.1530 x222 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    There is currently no State Coalition Partner in this state. Learn the qualifications for becoming a State Coalition Partner.

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

    Become a Member
  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Joseph Lindstrom with any questions.

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    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    There is not currently an NLIHC NHTF Point Person in Montana. For more information regarding NHTF advocacy in Montana, contact Joseph Lindstrom at Joseph Lindstrom

    State Designated Entity:

    Jennifer Olson

    Administrator, Community Development Division

    Montana Department of Commerce

    406-841-2773

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    A.C. Rothenbuecher

    Community Grants Bureau Chief

    406-841-2551

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Community Development Division


    NHTF-specific pages

    Housing Trust Fund

    Consolidated Plan Documents

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Montana (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Montana (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Montana and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Montana and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.


    Governor Bullock has dedicated $50 million of the Coronavirus Relif Fund for financial assistance to renters and homeowners with mortgages. The Emergency Housing Assistance program will provide rent, security deposit, mortgage payment, and/ or hazard insurance assistance as-needed for Montanans who have lost a job or substantial income loss as a result of COVID-19. Initial payments may include up to three months assistance where the eligible household can demonstrate arrears for April and May, with continual inability to make their June payment. Montana Housing will pay the difference between 30 percent of the household’s current gross monthly income and their eligible housing assistance costs, up to $2,000 a month. Household income limits range from $75,000-$125,000 based on family size. https://tinyurl.com/ycvpovjz and https://tinyurl.com/ycvpovjz


    Gov. Steve Bullock created a program to provide rental assistance to households experiencing substantial financial hardship due to COVID-19.the program will also include relief funds designated specifically for households with children eligible for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families(TANF) program. https://tinyurl.com/y95fk8jhhttps://tinyurl.com/y7x7umqyhttps://tinyurl.com/yc6j95rf

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    HavreQualified residents in Hill, Blaine, Liberty, Roosevelt, Phillips, Daniels, Sheridan and Valley Counties can receive rental assistance of up to three months’ rent paid directly to landlords to prevent homelessness.https://tinyurl.com/y87u456y

    Whitefish

    The Whitefish Chamber of Commerce, the Whitefish Housing Authority and the Whitefish Community Foundation have teamed up to create an emergency fund to provide one-time partial rent relief to Whitefish area renters.https://tinyurl.com/ya3njxas

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time.

    The Poverello Center, Montana’s largest homeless shelter, is reporting an increase in people who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness. The center received $4,500 from Missoula County’s COVID-19 relief fund and will use these funds toward a new initiative called the Phones for Housing Project.

    Updated on July 13, 2020.


    Montana established an emergency rental assistance program that will provide rent, security deposits, mortgage payments, and hazard insurance assistance for residents who have loss a job or substantial income due to the pandemic. The program, which currently has $50 million in total available funding, is funded through the state’s allocation of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. 


    Missoula will use a motel that the city purchased in late April to provide short-term housing for people experiencing homelessness who need to quarantine or self-isolate. When the crisis is over, the city plans to demolish and redevelop the property into permanent affordable housing.


    Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued a stay home order for the state. The order does not exempt individuals experiencing homelessness – directing them to shelters.

    Homeless service providers in Bozeman are preparing for an uptick in housing assistance after Congress passed the CARES Act.

    Service providers across Montana say the double stigma of homelessness and COVID-19 makes finding safe shelter difficult as businesses are not willing to shoulder the risk. As shelters and public health officials across the state are rushing to adapt to the pandemic. In Billings, the Metrapark Pavilion Center will offer 30-50 spaces for area people awaiting test results or in need of isolation.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    The Governor previously protected all those suffering from COVID-19 hardship in an eviction moratorium between March 30-May 24. When it was about to expire, she extended the eviction protections only to those in vulnerable populations (elderly, ill) or that were being forced to quarantine in place. Must inform your landlord. If considered vulnerable due to COVID-19 circumstances, the moratorium won't expire until either 30 days after the tenant stops sheltering in place or when the pandemic ends. 

    Updated: August 1


    In the third week of July, one in five adults in Montana reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 49,180 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.

    Updated: July 29


    According to a weekly Census survey, 25, 394 Montana renters reported they did not make their June rent payment, with an additional 2,430 indicating they had deferred their June rent payment. 

    Updated: July 6

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb