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.
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.
COVID-19 Special Circumstance Scholarship for Families Requiring In-Home Child Care: Parents and guardians with children who are unable to return to childcare or school during the pandemic may be eligible for a $4000 in-home care scholarship. The “Special Circumstance Scholarship” is available to help parents offset the costs incurred by individualized or specialized child care, respite, increased food, in-home cleaning, supplies, and support for remote learning. You can find it under the services tab in Child Care.
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.
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