If you or your household has been impacted by COVID-19, resulting in job or income loss there are many ways we can help! If you need help paying your water bill or filling your cistern we can help.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Addressing Tenant Concerns Regarding Rent and the Temporary Suspension of Evictions for Nonpayment of Rent
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has signed an extension to the eviction moratorium further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments. The moratorium that was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2021 is now extended through June 30, 2021.
Click Here to go to the HUD Coronavirus Resources page for more information.
Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program will help an estimated 8,000 Montana renters stay in their homes.
Renters may receive a monthly maximum of $2,200 for past due and future rent payments, up to $300 for past due and future utilities including gas and electric, and $50 per month for internet. Households may access assistance dating back to April 1, 2020.
Montanans may check their eligibility and apply now for Emergency Rental Assistance at housing.mt.gov.
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 Updates for child care providers: This page is updated often 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.
LIEAP: The Low Income Energy Assistance Program, (LIEAP) begins September 1 for Propane users and October 1 for other heat sources. This program provides assistance to households with their main heat source. Income guidelines have changed and you may now be eligible for this program, even if you weren’t before. You can find our energy programs under the services tab.
Energy Share: This is a year-round, one-time emergency assistance loan program for eligible low-income individuals facing an energy emergency (furnace repair/ replacement, utility disconnect, etc.). Energy Share is available only when all other resources have been exhausted and loans must be repaid. Energy Share applicants must have a disconnect notice or past due bill to be eligible.
HRDC offers many resources for you, for your family and for your home, all in the name of helping people move forward. Because when good things happen here, the whole community thrives. read more
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