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. 

https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/CovidHousingAssist

COVID-19 Emergency Energy Assistance Benefits

  • If your household was approved for LIEAP during the 2019/2020 heating season, you do not need to apply for the new COVID-19 program.  You’ll receive a letter from DPHHS in mid-May with the details regarding your COVID-19 LIEAP SUPPLEMENTAL BENEFIT.

  • Begins in mid-May and should continue through August 31, 2020 depending on funding availability.

  • This is a “One Time” emergency benefit of $200.  If you need additional “crisis” assistance, please see our Energy Share of Montana page.

  • If your household was not approved for LIEAP in 2019/2020 and would like to be added to the COVID-19 application mailing list, please call CAPNM at 406-758-5433 or e-mail: lieap@capnwmt.org.  Starting in mid-May, applications will also be available to print out here.  

  • Emergency benefit is NOT tied to “main” heat. You may apply for any ONE of the following energy types: Electricity, Natural Gas, Propane, Oil or Wood/pellets

    General Info (Click Here)
    Emergency Energy Assistance Application (Click Here)