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This page has information and helpful links to programs that are not included in the Bridge to Benefits eligibility screening tool. 

Montana 211 Montana 211 is a free, statewide information and referral service.  Professional staff members are availible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions, provide a support network, and connect you with valuable services in your community.  Dial 2-1-1 from any cell phone or land-line phone in Cascade, Gallatin, Mineral, Missoula, Park, or Ravalli county to get connected. 

Infomation is also available online at the Montana 211 website.  

1. Asset Development 2. Disability Services 3. Early Childhood Development 4. Employment and Financial 5. Health and Dental 6. Transportation and Housing 7. Food and Nutrition 8. Legal Help 9. Senior Citizens


Education and Higher Learning
Education and Higher Learning, as requested by VB

Disability Services

Asset Development

Disability Services
Click here to learn about services for people with disabilities or their families.

Early Childhood Development
Click here for information on quality early childhood education-related programs, including Head Start and Early Childhood Services Bureau. This section also contains resources to find a child care provider and help pay for childcare.

Employment and Financial
Click here for information about Unemployment Insurance, Diversionary Work Program, and tools for those seeking work.

Financial Education
Financial literacy is the ability to understand finance, or the set of skills and knowledge that allows an individual to make informed financial decisions.  Financial Education provides people the tools necessary to be financially literate. Click on the Financial Education header to learn about free classes.

Find Other Help
This page has information and helpful links to programs that are not included in the Bridge to Benefits eligibility screening tool. 

Montana 211 Montana 211 is a free, statewide information and referral service.  Professional staff members are availible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer your questions, provide a support network, and connect you with valuable services in your community.  Dial 2-1-1 from any cell phone or land-line phone in Cascade, Gallatin, Mineral, Missoula, Park, or Ravalli county to get connected. 

Infomation is also available online at the Montana 211 website.  

1. Asset Development 2. Early Childhood Development 3. Disability Services 4. Employment and Financial 5. Health and Dental 6. Housing and Transportation 7. Food and Nutrition 8. Legal Help 9. Senior Citizens 10. HOME 11. General Help

Food and Nutrition
Click here for information on nutritional programs, such as WIC (a nutrition program for women, infants and children), and Eat Right Montana.

Health and Dental
Click here for additional health programs, including links to free and low-cost health clinics, dental care services, and prescription drug resources.

Legal Help
Click here for more information about free help with civil legal matters for low-income individuals or families.

Senior Citizens
Click here for services for senior citizens, their families, and their caregivers.

Transportation and Housing
NeighborWorks Montana

NeighborWorks Montana provides homebuyer education and counseling, down payment assistance, foreclosure counseling, emergency home repair loans and a variety of asset development programs (IDAs). NeighborWorks Montana has a variety of programs to assist those interested in homeownership and in need of home preservation assistance throughout the state. Visit their website to learn about programs and income requirements.

MT Housing Resources

Montana Housing Resources provides a summary of housing related programs for home buyers in the state of Montana. A number of programs provide home buying assistance to individuals based on income. (Program funded by Montana Association of Realtors)

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

  • 1-800-225-5342
HUD’s business is helping to create a decent home and suitable living environment for all Americans. Click here to find your local HUD office.

USDA Rural Development Montana

Rural Development improves the quality of life for rural Montanans working diligently to coordinate Federal assistance in rural areas of our great state. Rural Development Montana has numerous programs to assist Montanans at every level, and encourage you to take advantage of the financial vehicles available to those of us living in rural America. Click here to find your local Rural Development Montana office. 

Human Resources Development Council (HRDC)
  • (406) 587-4486 Bozeman Office Phone
  • (406) 222-0896 Livingston Office Phone

HRDC serves communities and people's needs by developing resources that provide opportunities and essential services such as health and nutrition, emergency services, affordable housing, the Head Start program, youth development, volunteer opportunities, transportation, energy assistance and conservation and community development.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, which seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world.  Habitat provides affordable houses for low-income households.  There are currently 12 local Habitat affiliates in Montana. Click here to find your local Habitat affiliate.

Friendship Center

The Friendship Center is the only shelter in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, Broadwater, Meagher, and Powell Counties that provides a safe haven and a broad range of support services at no charge for anyone who as suffered domestic violence and sexual abuse. Below is a list of services we provide;
  • Safe Shelter
  • Counseling
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivor Groups
  • Sexual Assault Outreach Program
  • Crime Victim Advocate Program
  • 24 Hour Crisis Line
  • Order of Protection Assistance
  • Community Education
  • Legal Advocacy
  • All services are Free and Confidential

Call 1-800-248-3166 for more information, or click here to visit our website.

Family Promise of Greater Helena

Family Promise of Greater Helena Provides children and their families who are homeless with the tools to regain sustainable independence. All services are free. While our professional staff provides families with comprehensive and personalized case management, local congregations provide shelter and meals for a maximum of 14 individuals at any time. The homelike accommodations are within the congregations' facilities. However, we are a private, local, nonprofit agency unaffiliated with any particular faith tradition. Persons of all faith traditions, or no faith tradition, are welcome. Click here for more information.

To make a referral during business hours, please contact Susan Duncan, Family Advocate at 406.465.9467 or email her at advocate@familypromisehelena.org

Families are only accepted during regular business hours, M-F 9am – 5pm. After hours please leave a message or email Susan and she will respond promptly the next business day to either schedule an intake interview or place a family on our waiting list.

Opportunities, Inc

  • 406-761-0310

Opportunities, Inc. is a private non-profit organization in Great Falls, Montana. Our mission is to "educate individuals to achieve self reliance through coummuntiy support. We provide funding for emergency and long-term shelter, emergency travel, dental care, eye care and medical prescriptions to low-income citizens Cascade, Pondera, Teton, Toole, Chouteau and Glacier. 

Housing Authorities

Dedicated to ensuring that affordable and safe housing is made available.  A housing authority generally has two types of assistance available:  Section 8 vouchers and affordable apartments. Click here for a list of Montana Housing Authorities.

Section 8 Housing Vouchers

Financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Montana Housing Division. Section 8 Housing Vouchers allow very low income families to pay a set amount towards rent and utilities, based on their gross adjusted income (currently 30%). Very low income families have incomes of 50 percent or less of the HUD median family income for the county in which the family resides, established by HUD annually. Income Limits can be found in the Section 8 Documents of this site. The programs provide subsidy payments to property owners on behalf of program participants.

Demand for the subsidy program exceeds the available supply of funds and there is an extensive waiting list. Since this program involves several processing procedures both before and after being placed on a waiting list, interested families are encouraged to inquire at their local Section 8 Field Agency. Go to Section 8 Documents for more information about these programs.

Transportation

Click here to access a website with a list of all of the transit agencies in Montana.