USDA Rental Assistance Program

USDA Rental Assistance Program

Program Provider: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Street Address:  1629 Ave. D Building A Billings, MT 59102

Phone Number: (406)657-6297 ext 4

Fax Number: (406)657-6294

Website: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome

Area Contact: Gloria Hawkins (406)657-6297 gloria.hawkins@mt.usda.gov

Purpose: The Rural Rental Assistance (RA) program provides an additional source of support for households with incomes too low to pay the HCFP subsidized (basic) rent from their own resources. HCFP pays the owner of a multi-family housing complex the difference between the tenant’s contribution (30 percent of adjusted income) and the monthly rental rate.

Eligibility: Persons with very low and low incomes, the elderly, and persons with disabilities are eligible if they are unable to pay the basic monthly rent within 30 percent of adjusted monthly income. Very low income is defined as below 50 percent of the area median income (AMI); low income is between 50 and 80 percent of AMI; moderate income is established by adding $5,500 to the low-income limit.

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