General Assistance Programs

General Relief is an assistance program available to eligible individuals without dependents, to provide rental assistance while they are waiting for approval of Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI).

Who is eligible? 

In order to be eligible for services you have to meet the following criteria: no income in the household; a resident of Yellowstone County for 90 days; be receiving food stamp benefits;  have a disability that can be medically verified; and have applied for SSI/SSDI, but have not been approved yet.

What services are available? 

Services include rental and utility assistance, not to exceed the monthly income standards.

Can you pay rent to my family if I am living with them?

 No, this program does not allow us to pay rent to family members. 

Is this assistance a loan? Am I required to pay it back? 

If you are approved for SSI/SSDI, the Social Security Administration will pay the assistance back to HRDC on your behalf, if you receive a back pay for the months you received assistance. If you are denied benefits by an Administrative Law Judge no repayment is owed.

Where do I obtain an application?

Applications can be picked up at our main office or you can call and request an application be mailed to you. You can also download an application at the link below: 

General Assistance Checklist (72.7 KB)

General Assistance Application (291.4 KB)

For more information:

Email: info@hrdc7.org
Phone: 406-247-4700 or 800-433-1411

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