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Housing First

Housing First encompasses our emergency housing services for those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

Housing First- Emergency Rental Assistance

The HRDC’s Home to Stay program works with individuals and families experiencing or at risk of homelessness through a combination of case management, financial coaching, and housing support.

To be eligible for financial assistance you must be currently homeless or have received an eviction notice resulting from a sudden or unexpected drop in income. The household must be able to show that housing will be affordable and sustainable with their current or expected income.

Emergency Rental Assistance: In the past year 602 households comprised of 978 persons came to HRDC’s office to inquire about help with securing or maintaining their housing; Housing First was able to provide one on one case management services to 386 of those families.

  • 61% of households were experiencing homelessness (an increase of nearly 10%), 24% were in danger of losing their home and 13% were precariously housed (motel, doubled up with family, etc.) and at risk of homelessness
  • 41% reported a disabled household member (this is a 15% increase from last year)
  • 17% reported not having completed a High School Diploma or GED
  • 37% reported that they did not have health insurance
  • 54% of customers were families with children (71% single parent, 29% two parent, overall increase in number of families with children experiencing housing crisis was 22%)
  • 11% of those served were seniors;
  • 45 Households received financial rental assistance in the amount of $49,853. The average amount of rental assistance was $554.
  • 40% of households exited the program as stably housed (31% of homeless households, 89% of prevention households) the number of households able to exit to permanent housing increasing to nearly 100% when they receive rental assistance funding.

Section 8 Rental Assistance

The Section 8 Program assists low income, handicapped, elderly, and disabled persons with rental costs. Assistance is based on the household’s income. Recipients are required to pay a portion of their income towards rent (roughly 30%). The remainder of the rent is subsidized via the Montana Department of Commerce. Section 8 Rental Assistance is tenant based, meaning the subsidy lies with the tenant and is transferable per program regulations.

Households may utilize Section 8 Rental Assistance until 30% of their income exceeds the rent for the unit.

Who Qualifies?
Eligibility is based on household income.

How long is the wait?
Applicants are always encouraged to apply as Section 8 Rental Assistance provides long-term assistance to help households reach financial self-sufficiency. Every effort is made to keep the waiting list as short as possible. Please be sure to keep your address on the waiting list current (click here for address change form) and feel free to check your status on the waiting list here.

What happens when I reach the top of the waiting list?
Applicants are notified in writing and an appointment is made with a Housing Advocate for an orientation and eligibility determination. In some cases, the applicant can apply the voucher to the unit they are currently renting.

How do I apply?
Section 8 Application

Other Questions?
Click here for the Section 8 web page of the Montana Department of Commerce for access to questions, forms, applications, the Montana Landlord Tenant Act, and more.