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Coronavirus Information and Resources

A collection of trusted websites and documents to help reduce the anxiety you may be feeling.  If you have questions or comments about this page, email us at [email protected]

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Missoula County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline – 406-258-INFO

Montana Department of Health and Human Services Coronavirus page

Testing information for the Public from the CDC

Missoula Mutual Aid Resources

More resources and guidance documents for people who use drugs.

Missoula County Covid-19 Page

The World Health Organization Latest

Testing for COVID-19

What people living with HIV should know about Coronavirus

Google created a microsite for COVID-19 resources

More Links

Medication-Assisted Recovery Anonymous Meetings via Zoom

COVID-19 Resources for people who use drugs, people who engage in sex work and people vulnerable to structural violence from the Harm Reduction Coalition

Downloads

Virtual Recovery Resources

A Guide For These Times

Guidance for people who use drugs from the Harm Reduction Coalition

Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak

Explaining the Coronavirus to kids from Opioid Safety and Naloxone Network

A tool to help build resilience during difficult times

Montana Homeowners and Renters Assistance

Hello,
 
In these rapidly changing times, I want to be sure everyone is aware of the new Covid-19-related protections available to Montana renters and mortgage borrowers.  I’m hoping that you can help spread the word about these protections to all the folks you serve.
 
We have posted easy-to-read summaries of the new protections on the new Covid-19 section of our website montanalawhelp.org.  The primary protections are these:  1) residential utilities can’t be shut off, 2) evictions based on nonpayment are suspended, 3) foreclosures are suspended and borrowers can request a forbearance (stay) on their payments.  Please visit the website for more details about these protections.
 
Also, Governor Bullock has authorized financial assistance to renters who can’t pay their rent because of a reason related to Covid-19.  Low-income households with children who have suffered a substantial loss of income from COVID-19 are eligible for this program. The funds can be used to pay one month’s rent, or to pay a security deposit that accrued April 1 or after.  Currently, the tenant must be pregnant or have a child in the household to be eligible. Montana Housing is currently accepting applications for the assistance.  The money does not have to be paid back.  FAQs on the new program are available here (scroll down to “Questions” on that webpage). MLSA’s summary of the new rental assistance program is here.
 
As always, if you know of anyone who needs legal help with a landlord-tenant issue or any other civil issue, please have that person contact Montana Legal Services Association.  The person can apply online at mtlsa.org, or can call us at 1-800-666-6899 (Monday-Friday 9am-1pm).
 
Best regards,
Amy Hall, attorney
Montana Legal Services Association

Community Wi-fi Hotspots

Hi friends:

Many of us take access to technology for granted. Now, thanks to the work of Mountain Line, First Presbyterian, Salvation Army and MIC’s Housing Advocate Network, there is not one but THREE different “tech hubs” for our community:

  1. Folks can use laptops, tablets, charging stations at Salvation Army M-Th, 10-11:30 am
  2. Bring your own device to the bus parked at the Presbyterian Church on 5th Street for drive-up services, M-F, 10am to 3pm
  3. Starting this Thursday, bring your own devices and walk or drive up to the bus parked outside the library downtown M-F, 11am to 2pm

Please spread the word about these important services. ALSO: Volunteers are needed to support this!

Here is the sign-up for the library hub: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4bafaf23abfe3-outdoor

Here is the sign-up for the Salvation Army hub: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0e4bafaf23abfe3-salvation

Do you need support during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Free help is available

Volunteers in the community are available for home deliveries, including groceries, household supplies, of whatever else needed. This help is totally free of any charge.

Call: (406) 219-1843

Email:  [email protected]

Fill out this “Need Support” Form: https://bit.ly/39MUVDX

We will discuss what you need and will assign a volunteer to come deliver it to your door. 

We are an all-volunteer grassroots group and are prioritizing folks who are sick, disabled, quarantined without pay, elderly, undocumented, queer, Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color.

If you are interested in providing support, please email [email protected]

Coronavirus Disease 2019 Microsite

New phrases for dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic