How Montana Will Use Funds to Limit Evictions
The lifting of tenant protections by July 31 has raised concerns that some Montana residents could be unable to afford their monthly rent and face eviction. The state has received more than $350 million in federal funding to help with outstanding rents, utility payments and other expenses. However, there is a shortage of rentals in Montana's major cities, so even if tenants receive rental assistance, there might not be any available housing. The Department of Commerce has paid out $7.6 million to nearly 1,300 households since the latest rental and utility assistance program began in April. The state also offers legal help through the Montana Eviction Intervention Project.