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MONTANA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS ARE NOW LOCATED ON OUR “MONTANA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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MONTANA FESTIVALS AND FUN TIMES:

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SBA Montana Financial Webinar Series

John Donovan, SBA Economic Development Specialist, will be presenting two seperate webinars on Developing Financials for Your Small Business, hosted by SBA’s Montana District Office. Attend one or both! All webinars will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Mountain Time).

August 17th – Beginner’s Guide to Financial Projections
August 18th – Advanced Financial Projections

August 24th – Beginner’s Guide to Financial Projections
August 25th – Advanced Financial Projections

Please follow the above links in order to register for the scheduled session and topic. Make sure the correct date and time is selected in the registration system.

We will allow time at the end for Q&A, so please come with your questions!

To connect to the Web Conference:

Click here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/sba/meet/?ExEventID=89631062

Call in information: 1-888-858-2144 (Access Code: 9631062)

Please call AT&T support if you need assistance with the teleconference system at 888-796-6118.

Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Crystal Baker at 406-441-1089.

UPDATED 07-27-16
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Montana Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and non-profit childcare institutions that do not participate in other Federal child nutrition meal service programs. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the SMP to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs. The program reimburses institutions for the milk they serve.

General Program Requirements
Children in a school or institution that participate in the Special Milk Program can receive milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. To see if you meet income eligibility requirements, please visit the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) website at http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/index.html#gpm1_4 and see the current eligibility guidelines.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk program, contact your child’s school or camp to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program. The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program. For further information on the Special Milk Program, see the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/smp/special-milk-program

Program Contact Information
For more information regarding the Montana Special Milk Program on the web, please visit:
http://opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/#gpm1_7

You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program. You can also call the Montana Office of Public Instruction at: 406-444-2501.
You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program.
You can also call the Montana Office of Public Instruction at: 406-444-2501

Updated 11-21-13

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Montana School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation’s children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for these programs, you must be a resident of the state of Montana and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child’s school. A listing of your state’s schools can be found here:
http://opi.mt.gov/Resources/Directory/Index.html

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program. For further information on school meals, see the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) website here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/

Program Contact Information
For more information regarding the Montana School Nutrition Programs on the web, please visit:http://opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/#gpm1_7/ or by phone at 406 444-2501.

You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program. A listing of Montana’s schools can be found here: http://opi.mt.gov/Resources/Directory/Index.html/
If you have further questions on these programs, please contact Christine Emerson of the Montana Department of Public Instruction at: 406-444-2502

Updated 10-08-13

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Montana Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) assists eligible Montana residents and families with their heating and cooling costs. LIEAP is federally funded through the Department of Health and Human Services. The Federal government establishes funding levels annually.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Montana and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,934
2 $27,375
3 $33,817
4 $40,258
5 $46,699
6 $53,141
7 $52,395
8 $58,335

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,940 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To find out where to apply for energy assistance, contact the Montana Citizen’s Advocate, toll-free, at 1-800-332-2272 or visit the following site for a list of agency locations:
http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/programsservices/energyassistance/eligibilityoffices.shtml

Program Contact Information
For more information, please call toll-free: 1-800-332-2272

Updated 09-03-13

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Montana Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
The Summer Food Service Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need throughout the summer months when they are out of school. Sponsors provide free meals to a group of children at a central site, such as a school, park, low-income housing complex, community center, or camp. They receive reimbursement from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal and snack served. Sponsors may also receive donated commodities from the USDA.

General Program Requirements
The Montana Office of Public Instruction School Nutrition Programs approves Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meal sites as open, enrolled, or camp sites. Open sites operate in low-income areas where at least half of the children come from families with incomes at or below 185 percent of the Federal poverty level, making them eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. Meals are served free to any child at the open site. Enrolled sites provide free meals to children enrolled in an activity program at the site where at least half of them are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Camps may also participate in SFSP. They receive payments only for the meals served to children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Meals are served free to any child at open feeding sites. To find a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) open feeding site in or around your community click here: http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/Summer.html

To find a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) open feeding site in or around your community click here:
http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/Summer.html

To apply for your state’s child nutrition program, please visit:
http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/schoolfood/summer/Forms/EnrollInfoForm.pdf

Program Contact Information
For more information, please call the Montana Nutritional Health and Services department toll-free at: 1-888-231-9393
For more information regarding the Montana Summer Food Service Program on the web, please visit:
http://opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/#gpm1_7/ or by phone at 406-444-2501.

You may also contact your local school district if you have other inquiries regarding the program and availability. A listing of Montana’s schools can be found here: http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/Summer.html

To find a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) open feeding site in or around your community click here: http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SchoolPrograms/School_Nutrition/Summer.html

Updated 08-08-13

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Montana Head Start
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Montana, you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
The Head Start Locator provides a searchable database of Head Start programs. To apply for this program please visit the following website, which will direct you to the Head Start office nearest to you:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Program Contact Information
You can visit the Montana Head Start Association at: http://www.headstartmt.org/
You may also contact the Montana Department of Health and Human Services by calling at: 1-866-239-0548

Updated 02-07-13

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Montana Medicaid
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
Montana Medicaid seeks to facilitate access to a set of basic health care benefits for all Montana citizens with a priority for those most in need and create an environment where all recipients take an active role in their individual health care.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Montana, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19, blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
To read more about Montana Medicaid, please visit: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/programsservices/medicaid.shtml
If you have questions concerning Montana Medicaid or need instructions on how to apply, please call the toll-free Medicaid Recipient Hotline: 1-800-362-8312
TDD users may call: 1-800-833-8503

Updated 02-07-13

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Montana Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
Congress passed the Food Stamp (now SNAP) Act of 1977 in order to provide eligible households an opportunity to obtain a more nutritious diet by supplementing their food budget. Income, resources, and household size determine the amount of SNAP assistance a household receives. The program is administered both by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Montana. Generally, residents of Montana who are eligible to receive benefits include: People who live together and buy food and prepare meals together are grouped as a “household” for SNAP. Husbands and wives, and children under 22 years old living with their natural, adoptive or stepparents must be considered as one household. Household members that wish to be included must be U.S. citizens or legal aliens. Household members that wish to be included must furnish or apply for a social security number. Income and resource guidelines listed in this overview must be met. Able-bodied household members who are age 16 through 59 must register for work, and may be required to participate in a Food Stamp Employment and Training Program unless a specified exemption is met. Additional eligibility criteria exist so you will need to work with your local County Public Assistance Office to determine whether you are eligible for benefits. Note that an interview will be required to confirm your eligibility in addition to completing an application for benefits.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Montana and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
The SNAP application can be found at the following location:
http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/formsapplications/foodstamp.pdf

To apply for this program, fill out the application and make an appointment to speak with a representative at your local county office:
http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/contactus/humancommunityservices.shtml

Program Contact Information
You can also learn more about benefits in Montana and the requirements for eligibility on our website at: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/snap/index.shtml

Updated 02-07-12

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Montana Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
The Montana Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program supports public assistance programs for low-income families. TANF replaced the program formerly known as the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Among the program’s purposes are: to provide assistance to needy families; to end dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage; to prevent and reduce out of wedlock pregnancies.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Montana, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for this program, please contact the local administering agency near you:
http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/contactus/humancommunityservices.shtml

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the Montana Temporary Assistance for Needy (TANF) program, please visit: http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/tanf/tanfeligibility.shtml

Updated 02-07-13

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Healthy Montana Kids Plan
Managing Agency Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services http://hmk.mt.gov/

Program Description
The Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) Plan is a free or low-cost health insurance plan that provides coverage to eligible Montana children up to age 19. Covered services include medical, dental, eyeglasses, and other related services.

Financial eligibility is based on a household’s gross income. A Work Expense Disregard (up to $1,440/year of each income earner’s income) and/or a Dependent Care Disregard ($2,400 /year for care of a child or incapacitated adult) may be deducted from the household’s gross income. There are no asset or resource tests. Children cannot be eligible for Medicaid or health insurance under the state employee benefit plan. They cannot have other health insurance and/or have been covered by insurance during the previous month (some exceptions apply). Some families share in the cost of their children’s health care by making co-payments when services are received. A family’s maximum co-payment amount is $215 per benefit year.

After receiving an application for insurance coverage, the State’s HMK office will notify a family if children are eligible and when benefits will begin. There is no current waiting list for newly eligible children. HMK will pay for services on and after the date of enrollment but will not pay for services incurred before enrollment begins.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Montana, under 19 years of age, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien, and you must have an annual household income before taxes of less than $25,498 if two people live in the household; $32,043 if three people live in the household; $38,588 if four people live in the household; $45,133 if five people live in the household; $51,487 if six people live in the household; $58,223 if seven people live in the household; $64,768 if eight people live in the household; and $71,313 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $6,545 for each additional person in the home. Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state’s program information for details.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
You can apply for this application online or download an application at:
http://hmk.mt.gov/applicationinstructions.shtml

Program Contact Information
Visit the HMK website at: http://hmk.mt.gov/
For further information on HMK, please contact the program office at: Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) PO Box 202951 Helena MT 59620-2951 1-877-543-7669 1-877-418-4533 chip@mt.gov

Updated 02-07-13

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A.W.A.R.E. Inc.

Supports Montanans affected by disability or mental illness through mental health services, disability services, head start and transportation programs.

http://www.aware-inc.org/services.html

Posted 12-29-12

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Montana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description
The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, nutrition education and referrals to health care, at no cost, to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are determined to be at nutritional risk. To be fully eligible for the WIC Program, applicants must be determined by a health professional, at no cost, to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based risk conditions).

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Montana; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,326 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://gis.dhss.mo.gov/Website/WIClocations/findWIClocations.html

Program Contact Information
Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/index.php

If you have questions about the WIC program call Montana NHS at: 1-800-392-8209

Updated 10-28-12

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Montana Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Montana http://www.discoveringmontana.com

Program Description

The Montana Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is designed to help low income residents save fuel and money, while increasing the comfort of their homes. Its mission is to insulate the dwellings of low-income persons, particularly the elderly, persons with disabilities, families with children, high residential energy users, and households with a high energy burden, in order to conserve needed energy and to aid those persons least able to afford higher utility costs.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Montana.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $22,340
2 $30,260
3 $38,180
4 $46,100
5 $54,020
6 $61,940
7 $69,860
8 $77,780
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,920 per additional person.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To find out where to apply for energy assistance, contact the Montana Citizen’s Advocate, toll-free at 1-800-332-2272 Or can also visit the energy assistance eligibility office nearest you:
http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/programsservices/energyassistance/eligibilityoffices.shtml

Program Contact Information
If you need additional information please contact the Department of Public Health and Human Services via email at: dphhstech@state.mt.us

Updated 06-12-12

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