Community Resources: COVID-19

Energy Assistance

  • Northwestern Energy will not shutoff power because of a late bill, for the time being.
  • Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. has also implemented a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payments related to hardships incurred from COVID-19.

Food Assistance

Salvation Army in Bozeman – Sack lunches are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to 3:00 to help families. Salvation Army also has hygiene and cleaning supplies, and limited baby supplies.

Livingston Food Resource Center is operating a drive thru model to distributed emergency food boxes. No paperwork is necessary.

School Meals

Belgrade School District

Dates and Times – Monday through Friday. Families with Last Name beginning with A through L from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Families with Last Name beginning with M through Z from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Please sign up for meals at 406-924-2516 with your name, pick-up location, and number of children.

Drive-thru or curbside pick-up meal service in front of the following schools:

            Belgrade High School – 3030 North Hoffman Street, Belgrade, MT

            Belgrade Middle School – 410 Triple Crown Road, Belgrade, MT

            Heck Quaw Elementary – 308 North Broadway, Belgrade, MT

            Saddle Peak Elementary – 400 Jackrabbit Lane, Belgrade, MT

            Ridge View Elementary – 117 Green Belt Drive, Belgrade, MT

** Beginning Friday, April 10th in collaboration with the Gallatin Valley Food Bank, the Belgrade School District Food Services will be offering Kids Packs for any child ages 18 and under each FRIDAY.

Bozeman School District

Dates and Times – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Curbside pick-up meal service at the following locations:

            Irving Elementary Main Entrance

            Bozeman High South Entrance (off of Main Street)

Livingston Public Schools

Dates and Times – Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 12:20 pm, depending on location and route. Children must be present for pick-up. Contact 406-222-0209 between 6:00 am to 2:00 pm with questions or concerns.

Dive thru and pick-up meals are available at the following locations and times:

11:00 am at Northern Lights and Sun, Washington Elementary, Winans Elementary, and Albertson’s

11:20 am at Legion Ballpark (Northern Lights & Milky Way), Gateway Museum (Chinook & 2nd), C and Geyser, Billman Lane (Taco Bell).

11:40 am at North Soccer Field Parking Lot, Iron Horse Trail Court., Geyser and L Street, Country Living Trail Court.

12:00 pm at LDS Church (Summit and Main), Gallatin and N Street, O and Callender (Church of God), East River Road and 89 S.

12:20 pm at 489 Old Clyde Park/89 M (Trailer Court).

Gallatin Gateway School

Senior and At-Risk Shopping Hours

Rosauers from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Albertsons in Bozeman from 6:00 am to 9:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Smith’s from 7:00 am to 8:00 am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Safeway in Bozeman from 6:00 am to 9:00 am on Tuesdays and     Thursdays.

Target from 7:00 am to 8:00 am on Wednesdays.

Walmart from 6:00 am to 7:00 on Tuesdays.

Diapers/Baby Food/Formula – please contact our Early Childhood Education if you are in emergent need.

Office of Public Assistance (OPA) is closed to the public. They have a self-service portal at apply.mt.gov or call the helpline at 1-888-706-1535. Individuals can apply for SNAP food assistance, TANF cash assistance, or health care coverage. Individuals can check their SNAP benefits at 1-866-850-1556.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) offices are closed to the public. Services are available remotely and benefits will continue for anyone currently on the program. Individuals may reach out to their local WIC clinic at www.signupwic.com or call the state office at montanawicprogram@mt.gov or 1-800-433-4298 .

Governor Bullock to Bolster Food Security for Montana Families During Statewide COVID-19 Emergency 

Credit and Banks

Wells Fargo has suspended residential property foreclosure sales and evictions as well as the suspension of involuntary automobile repossessions. There is a 90-day payments suspension for mortgage customers that are unable to make their payment due to COVID-19 related hardships. To request this, sign in to online banking and email Wells Fargo through their secure Message Center. They will respond in 3 to 5 days. Customers can also call 1-800-219-9739. Please keep in mind they are experiencing a high call volume, resulting in longer than normal hold times.

Rocky Mountain Credit Union is offering low interest loans.

Phone and Internet

Spectrum will not terminate service for Spectrum Internet, TV or Voice residential or small business customers who face difficult economic circumstances related to COVID-19. Learn more at HERE. Spectrum Internet Assist is available for eligible low-income households, learn more HERE.

Verizon will waive late fees for 60 days from March 16, 2020 to May 16, 2020 and will not terminate service to a customer who has been impacted by COVID-19. Customers experiencing a hardship should contact their customer service team. Contact numbers are available online.

Wireless: https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/

Business: https://www.verizon.com/business/gateway/

In Home: https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/home

Housing and Mortgages

Montana Legal Services Association

Governor Bullock has authorized financial assistance to renters who can’t pay their rent because of a reason related to Covid-19.  Low-income households with children who have suffered a substantial loss of income from COVID-19 are eligible for this program. The funds can be used to pay one month’s rent, or to pay a security deposit that accrued April 1 or after.  Currently, the tenant must be pregnant or have a child in the household to be eligible. Montana Housing is currently accepting applications for the assistance.  The money does not have to be paid back.  FAQs on the new program are available here (scroll down to “Questions” on that web page). MLSA’s summary of the new rental assistance program is here.

Read the full directive at https://ewscripps.brightspotcdn.com/00/a9/065dab704b1c974ebbddddb06c26/evictions-foreclosures-and-utilities.pdf

Montana Law Help has information about Montana housing and eviction laws, as well as updates on any changes to evictions and mortgages, and advice for tenants who are concerned about not paying rent. Learn more at https://www.montanalawhelp.org/resource/3-things-to-know-about-covid-19-and-your-housing-rights-in-montana

Montana Department of Commerce:
Applications are now being accepted for an expanded housing assistance program meant to support renters and homeowners who have lost income or jobs as a result of COVID-19.The Emergency Housing Assistance program will provide rent, security deposit, mortgage payment, and/ or hazard insurance assistance as-needed for Montanans who have lost a job or substantial income loss as a result of COVID-19.

Mental Health

Help Center 2-1-1

Gallatin Mental Health Center has services for both children & adults. Their team can provide a variety of assistance, including diagnosing and therapy. Call (406) 556-6500. 

Help Center is available 24/7 by phone at 586-3333 for crisis services.

Western Montana Mental Health Center is offering online/phone therapy from the comfort of your home. Call 556-6500 to schedule.

Mental Health America of Montana is available on the phone at (877)-688-3377 from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Crisis Text Line is available 24/7, text “MT” to 741-741

Domestic Abuse         

HAVEN offers support and assistance to MONTANA families affected by domestic abuse. Haven is open 24 hours a day, 365 days/year. Call 406) 586-411.

ASPEN provides shelter, support, referrals, and advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Meagher, Park, and Sweet Grass Counties of Montana. Visit their website here or call their 24/7 support line at 406-222-8154.

Substance Abuse

Acute Crisis

Hope House is still operating acute mental health crisis services. Call ahead at 585-1130 to be directed to any changes in intake procedures.

Bozeman Health Deaconess Emergency Department is available for acute crisis services. Call ahead at 585-1000 to be directed to any changes in intake procedures.

Unemployment/Employment

Governor Steve Bullock announced emergency rules to make unemployment benefits accessible to workers laid off due to COVID-19 and waive the typical one week waiting period before receiving benefits. For more information about filing for Unemployment Insurance in Montana, head to http://dli.mt.gov/employer-covid-19.

The Bozeman Job Serviceis unable to help clients in person. Customers can contact the Bozeman Job Service by email at BozemanJSC@mt.gov or by phone at 406-582-9200.

MontanaTipJar.org, a virtual tip jar for Montana workers, is now available online for tippers to support service industry workers. It’s a simple process where workers register through a form, allowing them to receive tips directly into their Venmo accounts. After reviewing the list of registered workers, tippers can give what they’d like to support the people they know and love. To register, click HERE. To leave a tip, click HERE

Taxes

The IRS has extended the tax filing deadline to July 15, rather than April 15. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts. 

“Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not to need take an action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. 

The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits. Find more information at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

Health

Bozeman Health at https://www.bozemanhealth.org/

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) at https://dphhs.mt.gov/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/

Other

Corona Help Livingston – Local churches in Livingston have launched a webpage where people can request help with laundry, grocery pick-ups, and more. Find it at https://coronahelplivingston.com/?fbclid=IwAR37xyGwKVjOKijllotaqt1MjM7seiPAo8y45lszKXgMmCb0t9Pin2XaRVo

Gallatin City-County Health Department has a call center in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center is available from 8 AM to 5 PM (MST) every day of the week. For any questions or concerns, you can reach the call center at (406) 548-0123. Non-English speaking options are available. To help alleviate the volume of calls, please consult information on their website and through DPHHS and CDC for general information about COVID-19.

The Health Department main number (406) 582-3100 is available for all urgent after-hours questions.

Big Sky Relief Fund – Big Sky Resort Area District, Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, Moonlight Community Foundation, and Spanish Peaks Community Foundation have partnered to strengthen relief efforts and consolidate information. As they are responding to urgent community needs their website will be a resource for relief and support. Learn more at https://bigskyrelief.org/

Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund – Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) and Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF) have partnered to rapidly mobilize resources to those disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Gallatin, Madison, Meagher and Park Counties by co-launching the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund. Learn more at https://www.greatergallatinunitedway.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=19

Montana Budget and Policy Council

Updated Resource Guide and FAQs for Montana Employers and Employees

Avoid COVID-19 Scams

Scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency develops. Scammers are targeting older adults and those with serious long-term health conditions who appear to have a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19. Fraudsters are attempting to bill Medicare for sham tests or treatments related to the coronavirus and are targeting individuals to illegally obtain money or Medicare
numbers.

What can you do to stop COVID-19 fraud?

  • Do not give out your Medicare number to anyone other than your doctor, health care provider, or other trusted representative.
  • Protect your Medicare number and treat your Medicare card like a credit card.
  • Never provide your Medicare number to anyone who contacts you through unsolicited calls, texts, or emails.
  • Be cautious of anyone who comes to your door offering free coronavirus testing, treatment, or supplies.
  • Be cautious when purchasing medical supplies from unverified sources, including online advertisements and email/phone solicitations.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. If you see ads touting prevention products or cures for COVID-19, they are most likely a scam.

With new access to telehealth, fraud is expected to increase. Please read your Medicare Summary Notices or Medicare Advantage Explanation of Benefits. If you see anything suspicious or think you have been scammed, please call your local Montana SMP at 1-800-551-3191.

Assistance for Small Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to all Montana small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more at https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources

Montana State University Student Relief Funds



Many MSU students are in desperate need of support for basic necessities, including temporary housing, emergency transportation, food and supplies, student stipends and other direct costs arising from the crisis. This fund has been created to provide emergency assistance during this crisis and for any that may arise in the future. It will be administered by the Vice President for Student Success.