Montana has been famous for its national parks such as Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. The taxes are very low and this state has a low population density. There are lots of recreational activities, especially during winters such as hunting, horseback riding, fishing, skiing, snowboarding, and more. Despite its attractive qualities, living in this state might be challenging for low income. Hence, the State of Montana, the federal government, and local charitable organizations assist low-income individuals with a wide range of programs and benefits such as financial assistance, housing assistance or utility bill assistance.
Financial and Cash Assistance
Montana Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) was established by federal agencies and has been led by the State of Montana for low-income families. Families who are facing financial difficulties and need temporary cash support are encouraged to get in touch with this program. Low-income families who have more children will be receiving more money. Accepted participants not only receive financial benefits but also may participate in training and courses to improve their employment skills and abilities. It also helps parents to find a proper job that matches their skills. Find out more information at https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/TANF or make a phone call at 1 888 706 1535.
Montana Good Samaritan Society was formed and has been subsidized by the Assistance Ministry for low-income people who are in need of financial aid. Low-income single mothers, pregnant women, children, seniors, and persons with disabilities are attached priority for this monetary aid. The amount and the length of the benefit are determined based on the applicant’s current economic conditions. This benefit can be used to cover utility bills, rental payments, housing expenses, and more. Some participants may also receive free clothing, free furniture, shelter, and help with the mortgage. Explore more opportunities through the following link https://www.good-sam.com/foundation or by phone at 877 774 2746.
Housing and Rent Assistance
Montana Housing was formed and has been mandated by the Montana Department of Commerce for low-income people and families. It is one of the most comprehensive establishments that offers a good deal of housing and rental assistance opportunities according to the changing needs of the community. Its mission is to provide secure, low-cost, sustainable, and decent housing options for everyone in need. Some of its programs are as followed:
- The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program: Low-income individuals who are in financial crisis and require emergency rental support are eligible for this benefit. Eligible people will be obtaining up to $2,200 monthly cash payment to cover their housing costs. They may also receive up to $300 to cover their utility bills and $50 for their internet bills. Its main criterion is the total income of the household.
- Montana Section 8-Housing Choice Voucher Program: This housing and rental support program was created by the federal government and has been managed by Montana Housing across the state. Particularly very low-income seniors, families, and persons with disabilities are given priority. Its main criteria are the total income of the household and the total number of people who live in the home. Accepted people and families will be able to choose their own house, flat, apartment, or other sorts of property that are compatible with the policies of this program. Approximately 80 percent of the rent will be paid by this program and the rest will be covered by the participants. This program is popular among people, so it is better to apply as quickly as possible.
- Section 811 Supportive Housing Program: This program was formed by the federal government and has been led by Montana Housing for low-income persons with a disability. Families who have at least one family member with a disability and who are in economic hardship are eligible for this program. Eligible persons and families will be settled in temporary or permanent housing.
- Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program: It was constituted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Developments and has been led by the Montana Housing for low-income veterans. Low-income veterans and their families who are having financial difficulties and searching for housing assistance are qualified for this help.
The scope and the length of these programs are comprehensive and change over time. To see the other programs and which one is best for your case, please visit https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/Veterans-Affairs-Supportive-Housing or call 406 841 2840
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services presents extensive health services for low-income individuals and families across the region. Anyone who needs medical support and does not know where to look may contact this department. Its services are as followed:
- Wellness and Prevention Services helps with Alzheimer’s & Dementia, Bed Bugs, Asthma, Antibiotic resistance awareness, Cancer, Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, Communicable Diseases, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Healthcare-Associated Infection, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Influenza, Hypertension, Stroke, Tuberculosis Prevention, and Control, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Tuberculosis Program Manual, Lead poisoning, Norovirus, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Rabies, Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Private Well Testing, Public Accommodations, Water Quality, Food Safety, Adolescent Health, Oral Health, WIC, Poison Control, Injury Prevention, Sexually transmitted diseases, and so on.
- Montana Medicaid: It is the main health assistance program of the State of Montana for low-income residents who require free health care coverage. Medicaid mostly covers most of the health benefits that are explained above.
In addition to these services, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services presents plenty of medical services for low-income seniors, children, persons with disabilities, and women. Find out more information at https://dphhs.mt.gov/ or give it a call at 1 406 232 0583.
Utility Bills Assistance
Montana Community Hope, Inc is a local non-profit organization that has been contributing to the community for a long time. Low-income people who are in economic difficulties and searching for cash support to pay their utility expenses are qualified to apply for this help. Particularly low-income who are at risk of losing their connection are given priority. Beneficiaries of this establishment will be obtaining monthly cash payments to cover their bills based on their circumstances. For further information and to apply, please follow the link https://www.guidestar.org/profile/81-0424204 or dial 1 406 628 7281.
Energy Share of Montana is a local utility assistance program that was formed through the merger of different electric companies in the region. It provides financial assistance for needy individuals and families who require emergency utility help. Recipients of this program will be having one-time payments depending on their current conditions. It may also help with energy-efficiency equipment and supplies. To learn more information, please take a look at https://www.energysharemt.com/ or call 1 888 779 7589.
Salvation Army of Montana is the local office of a national faith-based organization. Its goal is to ensure that everyone lives in decent and affordable conditions. Especially low-income people who are challenged by the threat of food insecurity are urged to apply to this establishment. It runs lots of food pantries across the state. These food pantries serve canned goods, fresh food, nutritious meals, and so on. Low-income people and families may also apply for housing assistance, rental help, free clothing, seniors services, children benefits, and combating addiction. To read more information, please click the link https://westernusa.salvationarmy.org/intermountain_us_west/home/#whatwedo or give it a call at 303 860 5472.
The Montana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was constituted by the federal government and has been mandated by the State of Montana for everyone in need of food support. Accepted low income will be having Electronic Benefits Card to use at local markets and grocery stores. They may purchase healthy and nutritious food. The amount and the length of this food assistance are determined after evaluating the health and economic circumstances of the recipients. The link to their official website is as follows, please check out here https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/SNAP or call the Helpline at 1 888 706 1535.