The program provides rent and utility assistance to Montanans who have been financially impacted, directly or indirectly, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Renters can apply directly for rental and utility assistance, and landlords can apply on behalf of renters so long as the application includes the renter’s co-signature and required documentation.
Good Samaritan is a walk-in location for ERA and you can schedule an appointment online or by phone at Our Place
How much assistance can I receive for my rent or utilities?
A household may receive assistance for past due rent, future rent, past due utility bills, and future utility bills. The maximum per month rent assistance is $2,200 plus a maximum of $50 per month late fees. The maximum per month utility assistance is $300.
How many months can I receive assistance for my rent or utilities?
Eligible households can receive assistance for rent and utilities, including past due dating back to April 2020 and future owed, for up to 12 months. If additional assistance is needed to ensure a household remains stably housed, the program may provide an additional 3 months assistance (for a maximum of 15 months), if funding is available. A single application will assist with prior rent and utilities and not more than 3 months of future payments. Additional assistance will require a new application to be completed and income to be re-verified.
Which utilities are eligible for reimbursement?
Electricity, home heating and Internet costs are eligible.
Can I receive assistance for my internet bill?
Yes. The program is able to provide $50 per month for internet service. Internet service assistance will be paid directly to the household, if eligible.
How long will the assistance be available?
Funds will be available until at least September 30, 2021. The Department will re-assess the timeline for availability of funds in October 2021, subject to direction from the U.S. Treasury Department.
Who is eligible?
- Your gross household income cannot exceed 80 percent of the area median income. Check the area median income where you live here: https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/Montana-Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program
- You or someone in your household must have experienced income loss, financial hardship, qualified for unemployment benefits, or incurred significant costs due directly or indirectly to COVID-19
- Be able to show that you are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. For example, if you have received a past due rent notice or eviction notice or if you are experiencing unsafe or unhealthy living conditions.