Emergency Lodging Program

This is a voluntary emergency lodging program for licensed establishments located in Montana to assist designated charitable organizations in providing short-term lodging in Montana to individuals and families displaced from their residences. The individuals eligible for referral are those who are in need of shelter based on an imminent or existing threat to their safety or the safety and security of their family. (Refer to 45-5-206, MCA)

Participating establishments are eligible for a tax credit as provided in 15-31-171 MCA for up to 5 nights of lodging for each individual per calendar year. For more information about the tax credit, contact the Department of Revenue toll free at (866) 859-2254 (in Helena, 444-6900) or email DORCustomerAssistance@mt.gov .

Designated charitable organizations approved to make a referral to licensed establishments must be non-profit organizations that work with victims of domestic violence. A list of approved organizations throughout Montana is available at the Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence web site.

Establishments must have a current validated license from the Department of Public Health and Human Services. To determine licensing status, contact Food & Consumer Safety Section at (406) 444-2837, or the county sanitarian.

This program was created in response to 50-51-114 and 50-51-115, MCA.

If you are a victim of sexual or domestic violence seeking emergency lodging please call:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673

If you are in immediate danger call 911