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If you or your household has been impacted by COVID-19, resulting in job or income loss there are many ways we can help!

If you or your family have been impacted by COVID with loss of job or income, the Water Assistance Program can provide relief to individuals and families that are unable to pay their water utility bill, or fill their cistern. Go to our website and click under COVID Assistance on the Home page. A form will pop up. Complete the form, and click Yes, I need help paying my water bill. You can also call us at: (406) 247-4732. HRDC 7 may also be able to help with other essential needs like rent or a prescription.

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Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program Now Available

The Montana Emergency Rental Assistance program will help an estimated 8,000 Montana renters stay in their homes. Renters may receive a monthly maximum of $2,200 for past due and future rent payments, up to $300 for past due and future utilities including gas and electric, and $50 per month for internet. Households may access assistance dating back to April 1, 2020. Montanans may check their eligibility and apply now for Emergency Rental Assistance at

FEMA Assistance for COVID-19 Funeral Expenses

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Applications begin on April 12, 2021. Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA's representatives. 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585 It should take about 20 minutes to apply. There are no online applications.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

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HRDC's Newest Homeless Program for Youth

The Youth Homeless Demonstration Project is a Flexible Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) program providing low barrier flexible housing with rental assistance, intensive case management, and bundled support services for homeless youth and young adults ages 18-24. YHDP works with Continuum of Care and Community providers to offer multiple services to project participants starting with housing first. The project pays all rental application fees, deposits, and rental payments for 6 months as the client works to continue their education, establish a job track, and address individual issues that caused homelessness.  The ultimate outcome of this project is to provide youth with permanent housing as they work toward economic independence. YHDP focuses on addressing and overcoming obstacles such as chronic disabilities, chronic physical health, mental health conditions, substance abuse, histories of domestic violence or childhood abuse, and multiple barriers to employment. Homeless youth are accepted into this program regardless of issues.

For more information or to apply go to our webpage at

HRDC's Guardian Program- Protecting Children During an Emergency 

Guardian programs are licensed child care facilities that offer temporary child care for local relief workers, such as firefighters and emergency responders. They may also assist other temporary facilities with personnel or supplies during a major emergency. These programs have a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with District 7 HRDC that includes emergency preparedness plans and networking. It is HRDC's goal to have these programs available throughout the Child Care Department's 14 county service area in south central and southeast Montana.

Expectations of a Guardian Programs are that they:

  • Have a detailed emergency plan in place
  • Hold regular emergency drills
  • Be available for 72 hours of continued child care when needed
  • Have supplies and personnel ready in a timely manner if supporting another temporary facility.

If you own a child care facility and would like to participate in the Guardian Program contact the Child Care Department. Email:

Hurry- LIEAP Application Period Ends Soon

The deadline to apply for Low Income Energy Assistance is April 30th, 2021. If you need assistance with your utilities please contact the LIEAP office. Paper applications are available outside the LIEAP office. The applications can be mailed, emailed, and completed over the phone. We will also take appointments on a limited basis. Email:

Wheels to Work

The Wheels for Work program assists low-income individuals who need a ride to and from work to maintain employment. The program helps reduce or eliminate transportation barriers. United Way of Yellowstone County provides partial funding for this program. Contingent upon eligibility, participants are provided with gas vouchers, bus passes, and car repairs up to $800, to help reduce obstacles that impact successful employment. To apply for this program, individuals must meet income eligibility standards and reside in Yellowstone County.

For more information or to apply got to our webpage at

Temporary Change in Hours for Crow Food Distribution Center

The Crow Food Program Distribution Center is in the process of implementing some big system changes. These upgrades will help us to better serve the individuals and families in Hardin and the surrounding area. Throughout the month of April, the distribution center may close for several hours at a time as new inventory software is installed.  As these closures will be unannounced, please contact us at 406-665-2523 prior to your visit. This will ensure a staff member will be available to help you shop.  To accommodate these system adjustments, the distribution center will close a day early on April 28th, and not reopen until Monday, May 3rd. Please don’t wait until the last minute to pick up your commodities as we may not be open during that time.

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