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A number of organizations are working to provide assistance with food, housing, and other critical resources during these difficult times.

Montana 211 is a quick way to find resources. You can search by category at:

Food

Meals are available on the Flathead during COVID-19 at the following places:

Housing

Governor Bullock’s Directive on Housing during COVID-19. Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued directives to limit foreclosures, evictions, and disconnections from service and all of their terms through May 24th unless modified by a subsequent Directive. According to the directive:

  • Tenants and homeowners are not relieved from paying rent or making mortgage payments.
  • Tenants impacted by COVID-19 should notify their landlord or property owner as promptly as possible. The landlord or property owner may request the tenant to provide “reasonably available supporting documentation of their need for relief.” Landlords are not permitted to terminate a lease solely based on information provided by the tenant to satisfy this requirement. Tenants should also acknowledge to their landlord or property owner their understanding that all of the terms of their lease remain in effect.
  • Landlords are prohibited from terminating a lease or refusing to renew or extend the terms of a current lease agreement, at least on a month-to-month basis. It also prohibits late fees or other penalties due to late or nonpayment of rent, prohibits rent increases except for those previously agreed upon and prohibits landlords from seeking damages in court due to nonpayment of rent.
  • The Directive will be extended for people who are members of a vulnerable population who remain sheltered at home. This is for people over 65 years of age, people with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, or asthma, and people whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring such therapy. In these cases, the protections will expire 30 days after the individual ceases to shelter at home or at the end of the emergency, whichever is sooner.

For more information and guidance, please go to
https://housing.mt.gov/News/montana-housing-guidance-on-covid-19

Emergency Housing Assistance Program

In accordance with Governor Bullock’s April 13, 2020 Directive, Montana Housing will provide rent and security deposit assistance to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF eligible Montanans who have suffered substantial financial hardship as a result of the novel Coronavirus or COVID-19.

  • Program recipients are eligible to receive one month of emergency rent assistance, with subsequent month(s) of rent assistance contingent on completion of a monthly Housing Assistance Self-Certification form attesting to the need for on-going financial support, and subject to available funding.
  • Unpaid security deposits corresponding with initial lease agreements effective April 1, 2020 or later are eligible.
  • Rent arrears or security deposits due prior to April 1, 2020 are not eligible.

For more information and guidance, please go to
https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/CovidHousingAssist

Additional Information

  • Currently the CSKT is posting notices regarding COVID-19 on the following web page: www.csktribes.org/coronavirus-update

    Tribal Health is also posting updates at www.cskthealth.org

    CharKoosta News is also posting updates to their website at www.charkoosta.com.

    Additionally, information will also be posted to CSKT, Tribal Health and CharKoosta Facebook pages.

  • The CSKT Department of Human Resources and Development (DHRD) and Social Services, Elderly Division, can be reached by contacting Constance Morigeau constance.morigeau@cskt.org 406-471-8910 (Mon—Thurs 8-5:30pm).

  • Yes, CSKT is authorizing tribal employees to work remotely using VPN. To request a VPN, contact IT for access. As much as possible, people should be teleworking, even if that means being at home a couple of days and the office a couple of days a week.  The goal is to limit exposure.