Programs and Assistance for Renters
Who We Are
The Housing Division administers the federal housing programs for the state of Montana. We are here to provide financing options to private developers and communities who build affordable rental housing and who then offer this rental housing to low income renters. We also administer the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. We are committed to providing affordable housing options for those who need it. Please use this website to learn about what we do and how we might be able to help you and your family find safe, sanitary and affordable housing.
What We Offer
Two options that are offered for Montana renters are the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Housing. These are federal programs offered to provide afforable housing for Montanans.
This page describes the two programs and gives information about eligibility. There is also links to affordable housing apartments in each county, along with contact information for each property.
These privately owned apartments are affordable for households earning 60 percent or less of the median income in their area.
What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
Who is eligible?
How do you obtain a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher?
How much rent does the voucher cover?
Who generally applies for Section 8 Housing?
What is Low Income Housing Tax Credit Housing?
Housing that is developed by using tax credits as part of the financing. The results are housing units that provide qualified tenants with safe, sanitary housing at an affordable price. Montana receives an allotment of tax credits from the Treasury Department each year and allocates these credits via a competitive application process. Developers of rental housing sell the tax credits to investors to be used as a reduction in their tax liability over a 10 year period. The cash generated is used to reduce debt service costs which allows for a cash flow while the property receives reduced rents.
Who is eligible for Low Income Housing?
How much rent to live in these units?
Who generally applies for low-income housing?
Additional information for Renters:
Contact your local Public Housing Authority. They have public housing units, project-based units, and vouchers. They may also have advice for other housing opportunities in your area.
Search for for rental housing on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development website. They are another major funder of affordable housing in Montana.