It has been heartbreaking to see what has happened across the country over the past few days. The killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many more black men and women is unacceptable and wrong on every level. It is devastating to see the injustices experienced by minority communities throughout history only be responded to at a breaking point. History teaches us great and meaningful change comes through true reflection, understanding, healing, and action.
The most important thing for us to do right now is to listen. Listen openly to each other, with the goal of learning and reaching for meaningful changes together. We recognize we have members of our community hurting and in pain right now, and it’s important all of us stand together in support, and then take action in our own lives and within our organizations.
In our efforts as a nonprofit, we deeply understand that this issue is, at its heart, a human issue. And we can’t ask our clients, guests, our supporters and our community to respect each other, if we don’t first respect and value each other, and the beauty and differences that make us who we are. We are a richer community when we empower and enable diverse voices.
We all have a responsibility to end injustice together. Let’s continue on that journey, to engage with each other and with the greater community, we can learn together from this moment. CAPNM does not discriminate, all individuals are welcome to participate in our services and programs regardless of race, color, religion or sexual orientation.
Tracy Diaz, CAPNM Executive Director
Emergency Housing Assistance Program
The State has put together a program called the Emergency Housing Assistance Program. This program provides rent, security deposit, mortgage payment and/or hazard insurance assistance as needed for Montanans who have lost a job or substantial income loss as a result of COVID-19.
Up to three months assistance
MT Housing pays 30% of households currently gross monthly income and eligible housing assistance costs, up to $2,000/month
Montanans receiving other forms of housing assistance as NOT eligible
Even though the total funding available is $50 million, we suspect the funding will be allocated quickly.