GET EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE HELP NOW AT GOOD SAMARITAN!

The program provides rent and utility assistance to Montanans who have been financially impacted, directly or indirectly, by the COVID-19 pandemic. Renters can apply directly for rental and utility assistance, and landlords can apply on behalf of renters so long as the application includes the renter’s co-signature and required documentation.

Good Samaritan is a walk-in location for ERA and you can schedule an appointment online or by phone at Our Place

 

How much assistance can I receive for my rent or utilities?

A household may receive assistance for past due rent, future rent, past due utility bills, and future utility bills. The maximum per month rent assistance is $2,200 plus a maximum of $50 per month late fees. The maximum per month utility assistance is $300.

 

How many months can I receive assistance for my rent or utilities?

Eligible households can receive assistance for rent and utilities, including past due dating back to April 2020 and future owed, for up to 12 months. If additional assistance is needed to ensure a household remains stably housed, the program may provide an additional 3 months assistance (for a maximum of 15 months), if funding is available. A single application will assist with prior rent and utilities and not more than 3 months of future payments. Additional assistance will require a new application to be completed and income to be re-verified.

Which utilities are eligible for reimbursement?

Electricity, home heating and Internet costs are eligible.

 

Can I receive assistance for my internet bill?

Yes. The program is able to provide $50 per month for internet service. Internet service assistance will be paid directly to the household, if eligible.

 

How long will the assistance be available?

Funds will be available until at least September 30, 2021. The Department will re-assess the timeline for availability of funds in October 2021, subject to direction from the U.S. Treasury Department.

 

Who is eligible?

  • Your gross household income cannot exceed 80 percent of the area median income. Check the area median income where you live here: https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/Montana-Emergency-Rental-Assistance-Program
  • You or someone in your household must have experienced income loss, financial hardship, qualified for unemployment benefits, or incurred significant costs due directly or indirectly to COVID-19
  • Be able to show that you are at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. For example, if you have received a past due rent notice or eviction notice or if you are experiencing unsafe or unhealthy living conditions.

 

Emergency Rental Assistance Help – Locations at Good Sam and Our Place

Have you been financially impacted by COVID-19? You may be eligible for upcoming emergency rent and utility assistance. Begin preparing for your application today:
 
check the updated Area Median Income tool to see the income limits in your area at
 
Good Samaritan will be set up as a walk in location and Our Place will be set up through online scheduled appointments

Coming Soon: Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program will provide rent and utility assistance to Montanans who have been financially impacted, directly or indirectly, by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Renters will be able to apply directly for rent and utility assistance, and landlords will be able to apply on behalf of renters with the renter’s co-signature and required documentation.

Renters will need to provide income documentation to verify program eligibility.

To streamline the application review process, we recommend renters file their 2020 tax return now and have that document available to submit when the program opens for applications.

Good Samaritan is offering FREE TAX HELP Mondays and Thursdays at the Thrift Store from 10-4

 

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CONTEST, CONTEST, CONTEST!!!! FIND REFINISH AND RENEW

 

Do you refinish items that you have purchased at Good Samaritan? We would love to see the before and after pictures!! Your name or any personal information will not be used. 

Good Samaritan Store is starting a new contest for the best before and after photos that are sent to us with the deadline for submissions April 30th. The winner will receive a $25 gift card to Good Samaritan. 

The photo below is the after picture of a quilt a customer purchased from us, originally it looked worn with the colors faded and dull. After a deep clean wash, the colors brightened exponentially, finally the customer used 4” satin bias tape around the edges to finish the project. And WOW it looks like a new quilt!!

Please send your pictures to: [email protected] for submission

 

Montana Crisis Recovery Line Now Available!

CONTACTS:
Marissa Perry, Communications Director, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-4514
Erin Loranger, Press Secretary, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-9725
Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

Governor Bullock Announces New Crisis Counseling Hotline Funded by $1.6 Million Federal Grant

Montana Crisis Recovery line is now available at                  121-877-503-0833

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced a new crisis counseling hotline funded by a $1.6 million federal grant is now available to aid Montanans struggling with their mental health due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

“We know Montanans in every corner of the state have been impacted by this virus in various ways and I’m pleased this hotline is available to support anyone in need,” Governor Bullock said. “I encourage Montanans to use the hotline now to receive confidential assistance and get connected to the appropriate services in their community.”

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 free service is meant to help people navigate feelings of isolation, loss, fear, uncertainty, depression, and anxiety they are experiencing during this time. The new service is available to all Montanans, with target populations identified as healthcare workers and first responders, school officials, veterans, elderly individuals, Native Americans, and farmers and ranchers.

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) partnered with Disaster and Emergency Services to pursue the grant to address the growing need for mental health services.

“As COVID-19 cases rise across Montana, the impacts on mental health can be devastating to a wide range of the population,” Zoe Barnard, DPHHS Addictive and Mental Disorders Division Administrator, said. “A crisis counselor can offer an empathetic ear and provide support.”

Counselors on the other end of the line will be there to listen without judgement, offer emotional support, comfort, console, offer information and education on stress and coping, and direct callers to additional support and community resources. DPHHS is contracting with Mental Health America of Montana to manage the hotline. The phone line, when fully staffed, will include 12 trained crisis counselors. Efforts are currently under way to recruit and hire two counselors who are Tribal members.

In addition to Mental Health America of Montana, DPHHS will work closely with four additional project partners including the Montana Hospital Association, Voices of Hope, Kauffman & Associates Inc., and the Montana Public Health Institute. The team will work together to hire counselors and will provide outreach to communities across the state through this opportunity.

The grant is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Other mental health resources that are already available to Montanans include the Montana Crisis Text Line, Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Montana Warmline and Thrive by Waypoint Health.

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/

Over the past several months, DPHHS has expanded these services to assist Montanans through the ongoing pandemic.

Good Samaritan client Thanksgiving meal

A HUGE thank you to Phyllis and Mary from Saint Paul’s Methodist Church for making an amazing entire Thanksgiving meal for all of the Good Samaritan clients housed at La Quinta hotel, we could not have had this event without your kindness. Our staff had such a great day serving and interacting with the clients.

 

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