Six states and the city of Chicago have reached out to Montana to model their own housing assistance programs on the Emergency Assistance Housing Program run by the Montana Department of Commerce for people who can’t afford housing because of the pandemic. To date, $1.06 million has been paid to landlords or mortgage servicers on behalf of renters or homeowners who apply. The state is now partnering with NeighborWorks MT…they will supply technical assistance in applying for the funds – up to $2000 a month to help pay for rent or mortgage payments, based on income and family size. $50 million dollars has been set aside from Montana’s share of the federal CARES Act dollars to pay for housing assistance. For more information and to apply visit COVIDRELIEF.MT.GOV.