The Montana Department of Commerce reported on Wednesday, that the agency has provided over $51 million in emergency rent and utility assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
KGVO spoke to Cheryl Cohen, Housing Division Administrator for details on the numbers just released.
“We launched the Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program a year ago yesterday and so over the last year we’ve assisted more than 6,800 Montana families with $51 million in rent and utility assistance,” began Cohen. “This is for Montanans that have been experiencing financial hardships due directly, indirectly or during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are at risk of housing instability. So we’re thrilled to be able to serve Montanans and help them stay in their homes.”
Cohen said despite the fact that COVID-19 infection numbers are down substantially, the program is also helping Montana families deal with the current inflation raising prices on almost everything.
“We are experiencing hardships like the rest of the country with inflation and higher food and fuel costs,” she said. “With the expanded version of the program that we have now we can serve families that are experiencing those types of inflation and financial hardship, and we also have increased the amount of assistance we can provide for