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The following includes a list of community resources. While the list is not inclusive, these are the resources that are most commonly requested. If you do not see what you are searching for use the www.montana211.org link, or click the request support button on our website. Complete the form and someone will help you.
Montana Works has everything you need to know about filing for unemployment benefits and other related matters. You can also find an instructional video.
- 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
Montana Housing is offering rent and utility assistance to Montanans financially impacted by COVID-19. Learn more at housing.mt.gov.
- Resources to access if you are facing eviction:
Anyone in need of rental assistance or facing eviction is encouraged to work with their landlord immediately. Work together to avoid eviction and loss of housing. If you or someone you know is facing eviction, there are two primary resources you can access.
The later URL is administered by Montana Legal Services (mtlsa.org). At this time, Montana Legal Services is working with the state of Montana to promote ways to help Montanans with their housing/eviction rights and legal counsel. Unlike more normal times, there are NO income limits to qualify for this service. It is NOT restricted to low-income households.
- HRDC offers LIEAP and Energy Share to help with energy bills. Go to our Energy Assistance pages for more information.
- The Family Promise Yellowstone Valley Diaper Bank will be available Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm for pull up services at the FPYV Day Center located at 10 South 26th Street in Billings Downtown. It will also be available on Fridays from 10am-12pm. If you are unable to leave to come to pick up sites please call Family Promise to schedule deliveries. These sites and times are for pick-ups and diaper donation drop offs. If you have any questions feel free to contact our office at 406-294-7432.
The Montana Crisis Recovery hotline is funded and available for at least the next nine months. Montanans in need of crisis counseling can call 1-877-503-0833 to receive free and confidential counseling services from trained crisis counselors Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.The Crisis Text Line is available 24/7 by texting MT to 741 741; the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-TALK (8255); the Warmline is available Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon to 9 p.m. at 877-688-3377; and information about Thrive by Waypoint Health, an online cognitive behavioral therapy for those actively working to manage anxiety and stress, is available at https://thriveformontana.com/.
- Montana Red Cross has launched a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Individuals may go to redcross.org/get-help to access a support hub with special virtual programs, information, referrals and services to support families in need. People without internet access may call 833-492-0094 for help.
- Southern California Sunrise Recovery Center has a resource page on managing mental health during COVID-19 that covers common issues people are dealing with, tips for reducing stress and anxiety, and how to get help for these issues which you can see here, https://socalsunrisemh.com/managing-mental-health-during-covid-19/
- National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) has this helpful Resource and Information Guide. (Updated June 2020)
Office of Public Assistance
- Website to apply: https://apply.mt.gov
- OPA’s offices across the state remain closed to the public. At this time it is not known when offices will reopen to the public. In order to access our services clients are asked to utilize the following options: Self Service Portal: apply.mt.gov
At the Self Service Portal one can: Apply, Check Benefits, View Notices, Report Changes or Upload Documents. If an individual does not have an account (Check My Benefit), they need only to follow the steps to set up their own account at this site. Email: email@example.com
P O Box 202925
Helena, MT 59620
Department of Public Health and Human Resources (DPHHS)
- Montana 2-1-1 provides information and connects people to resources for non-emergency needs.
- Call (2-1-1)
- Montana211.org Website