Housing and Shelter Information and Links

Rent and/or mortgage assistance

State rental assistance program
The state of Montana launched a program to provide rental assistance to households experiencing substantial financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Eligible families must include at least one child under 18 and suffer from a substantial loss of income due to COVID-19. A family of four must have a monthly income of $4,367 or less and less than $3,000 in readily available assets, such as cash or savings.

Applicants can expect to have their applications reviewed within 5 to 10 days. Once approved, a monthly rental payment or security deposit will be mailed or directly deposited from Montana Housing at the Department of Commerce to the applicant’s landlord.

Approximately $430,000 in TANF funds allocated to the department will be used to launch the relief program. Additional state or federal funds may be added to the program.

Learn more and apply online.

Missoula County COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance
This fund, which provides up to $500 in emergency rental assistance for Missoula County residents who recently lost their jobs or had their hours reduced due to COVID-19, has received the maximum number of applications. This page will be updated should funds become available again.  

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

Montana Legal Services Association
Consult MLSA's COVID-19 Housing Resource Guide or call 1-800-666-6899.

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

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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. 

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