Housing and Shelter Information and Links

Protection for renters in Montana during the pandemic

The CDC moratorium on evictions is no longer in effect.

The State of Montana has received $352 million in federal emergency rental assistance, and the Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program is now available for Montanans who have lost household income as a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic and are at risk of housing instability. 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 receive assistance for rent and utility bills dating back to April 1, 2020.

Apply for Montana Emergency Rental Assistance

More information on renter protection

Additional rent and/or mortgage assistance

Montana Legal Services Association

Homeword Missoula

Human Resource Council

More housing assistance programs

Other resources:

Salvation Army Missoula
355 S. Russell St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406-549-0710
Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Volunteers of America
Short-term rental assistance for veterans who are homeless or about to be homeless. Call for eligibility guidelines.
2801 S. Russell St.  No. 18
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: 406-926-3600

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The federal agency has a guide to coronavirus relief options.

Emergency shelter

During this time, please begin by calling one of the phone numbers below for assistance:

Missoula Coordinated Entry System Access Points
YWCA - 406-543-6691
Poverello - 406-728-1809
Salvation Army - 406-549-0710
Dial 2-1-1 or 406-549-5555, and ask to speak with an operator about your housing situation

WATCH: Helping those experiencing homelessness during COVID-19 crisis

WATCH: Assisting vulnerable populations during a pandemic

University students

The University of Montana and the UM Foundation have established the Emergency Student Support Fund to help enrolled students meet their basic needs, including housing assistance, by alleviating unexpected financial hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Students may apply for assistance via the Office of Student Affairs website. All resources offered through the fund are made available by generous donations from family, friends and alumni of the University of Montana. Those community members interested in helping students in need may give online by visiting www.supportum.org/emergencyfund

Students looking for housing in Missoula can contact the ASUM Renter Center at 406-243-2017. Renter Center staff are working remotely and can continue to help students with their rental needs. Visit their website and read their guidance for renters who are worried they may not be able to pay rent due to COVID-19. 

Helpful links