Montana has a new program to provide rental assistance for people who have lost income and are at risk of housing instability due to the pandemic. The Legislature has appropriated $17 million in federal funding for the Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program which state officials estimate will help about 8,000 renters stay in their homes. Landlords will be able to apply on behalf of their renters, but the renter will have to sign the application. Information is available through the Department of Commerce at https://housing.mt.gov.
It isn’t over until it’s over. Government Relations Director for the Montana Chamber of Commerce Bridger Mahlum on future spending for infrastructure proposals and others using federal COVID relief funds after the legislature adjourns.