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HRDC’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

In an effort to slow the transmission of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and to protect the many vulnerable populations served by HRDC, we are deploying new ways of meeting our mission across our family of programs and services.  Periodically refer back to this page for community updates and additional program information.

The HRDC Billings campus, and all of its buildings are closed to the general public until further notice. Although our buildings are closed, our staff continues to provide services to our clients by Phone (406) 247-4732, Fax (406) 248-6971, Mail PO Box 2016 Billings, MT  59103, and email info@hrdc7.org.  If these methods are not available we ask that all applications and paperwork be deposited into the mail slot at the main front entrance of the HRDC building.  The mailbox is checked several times a day.  Your documents are then distributed to each program, ensuring prompt attention for our clients.  As we continue to receive directives and guidance from local, regional, state, and national partners, operational changes will be made as required.

Know that HRDC is “Here to Help!” Please let us know how we can provide you with assistance or connect you with additional community services during this uncertain time.   Montana211.org includes over 1000 links to local community resources.

As new information and updates from HRDC and our community partner’s surface, we will share that information with you as soon as we get it. It will be posted on our COVID-19 pages. HRDC’s designated COVID-19 page is now part of our website.  Here are some immediate adjustments that impact the following programs.  These updates are posted to the COVID-19 pages located on our website www.hrdc7.org These same updates will also be posted under the program of interest. You may want to refer to facebook.com/hrdc7 for additional community information on programs and services.

Child Care

Best Beginnings Scholarships: Families who are laid off or become unemployed may be eligible for a reduced copayment and a 90-day grace period.  Contact your Best Beginnings Scholarship case manager for additional information.  You can also refer to our website:  https://hrdc7.org/how-we-help/child-care/.

Child Care for child care providers:  This page is updated daily with the latest news from Early Childhood Services Bureau, Department of Public Health and Human Services, Child Care Aware, and various other resources that are reported to our child care department.  In addition, there are helpful suggestions, links, and statements from the HRDC Child Care Department Leaders.  The same message is also posted to Facebook whenever there is an update.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance:

Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is temporarily suspended as we try to determine the most effective way to provide this service.  We are strongly encouraging community members to utilize www.myfreetaxes.com.  The site is free for anyone to use regardless of income.  There are step by step instructions and a chat option available for additional help.

To contact an HRDC VITA tax preparer you can email info@hrdc.org or call (406) 206-2717.

The deadline to file taxes has been extended to July 15, 2020.  However, we suggest people file as soon as possible if expecting a refund.  To receive an additional extension on tax filing click on: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf .

If you owe money: you now have a 120 day grace period in which to file.  You will not accrue any interest or penalties during this time. Complete the bottom portion of page 1 of your return and mail to: Internal Revenue Service:  P.O. Box 802503 Cincinnati, OH 45280-2503.  IF NO PAYMENT INCLUDED, mail to: Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Center: Ogden, UT 84201-0045

Energy and Weatherization:

Energy Services has been directed to temporarily suspend all Weatherization work until further notice.  LIEAP and Energy Share programs continue to operate, as usual, via customer drop off and processing.  NorthWestern Energy has announced it is suspending all service disconnections during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Click on the links for more information.  Montana-Dakota Utilities Co has also implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payments due to hardships incurred from COVID-19.

 


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