HRDC District 7 Human Resource Development Council

HRDC District 7 Human Resource Development Council

Street Address: 7 North 31st Street PO Box 2016 Billings, Montana 59103

Phone Number: (406)247-4732 or 1800-433-1411

Website: http://www.hrdc7.org

Email Contact: dist7hrdc@imt.net

Fax Number: (406)248-2943

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

Eligibility: Varies with program. Must be economically disadvantaged according to Federal/State guidelines.

Services Offered:

Alternative Education: Program provides assistance to low income individuals, 16 to 80+ years of age, who are in pursuit of a GED or who have been unsuccessful in achieving their GED. A computer lab with GED software and on-site tutor in Billings  are available to those who need assistance obtaining their GED. Assistance is also available to help with the cost of the GED test and or supplies to help achieve success in academics.  View the program application here: http://hrdc7.webfactional.com/media/cms_page_media/30/Alternative%20Education%20application%20052013_1.pdf

LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program): Program to assist the low-income household afford their primary heating source during the heating season October through April. Both homeowners and renters may apply for LIEAP and Energy Share. The amount of assistance provided is based on income eligibility, housing type, heat type, number of bedrooms, and the number of people residing in the household. Households living on fixed incomes such as Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, General Assistance, Veterans Assistance, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families may apply as well as the low-income working household.

Weatherization:  HRDC’s Weatherization program provides energy conservation services to low-income families, to improve energy efficiency and ensure the health and safety of the household.  Both homeowners and renters are eligible.  If you are a renter, your landlord will need to sign an access agreement before work can begin.

WoRC (Work Readiness Component): The WoRC program is designed to support individuals who are receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in their pursuit of self-sufficiency. WoRC offers opportunities for job readiness training, makes available supportive services to address participant identified barriers, and provides one-on-one case management guidance. Enrollment begins at the Office of Public Assistance. Once eligible for TANF, you will automatically be referred to HRDC’s WoRC program. You will be required to complete 27-33 hours of employment and training activities each week and will need to attend WoRC case management meetings as scheduled. You will also need to submit activity sheets with required verification of activities completed each week.

Assets for Independence: The Assets for Independence (AFI) program is a subprogram of the Saving for Tomorrow program available to participants in Big Horn, Carbon, Custer, Musselshell, Rosebud, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, or Yellowstone County. AFI is a matched savings program to help families and individuals save enough money for such things as buying a home, paying for post-secondary education or training, and starting or expanding a small business. Participants must be age 18 or older, have a source of earned income, have less than $10,000 in assets (excluding home and one vehicle), and have a household gross income not exceeding 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Participants must make a minimum deposit of $30 each month. Upon enrollment participants will work with a case manager to determine an appropriate amount based on participant budget and  asset goal.

Harmony House Transitional Living Program: Provides transitional living opportunities to young homeless mothers between ages 18-21, expecting or parenting their first child. Mothers and their children are provided up to 18 months of on-site transitional living and up to 6 months of aftercare. Residents of Harmony House take part in life-skills training, parenting classes, peer support groups, budgeting and financial literacy as well as recreational activities. Residents are required to complete 30 hours of productive time each week including GED, high school or college classes and/or work training programs. Participants receive intensive case management and transitional living services. View the application here: http://hrdc7.webfactional.com/media/cms_page_media/69/HH%20Application%20042213.pdf

Family Economic Security (FES) Savings Program: The FES program is a subprogram of the Saving for Tomorrow program. FES is a matched savings program designed to assist families and individuals residing in Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, or Yellowstone County to save enough money to purchase an asset such as repairing or improving a home, buying a vehicle, or building an emergency fund. Participants must be age 18 or older, have a source of earned income (not currently receiving TANF, SSI), have a minor child currently living in the home, and have a household gross income not exceeding 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. View application here: http://hrdc7.webfactional.com/media/cms_page_media/52/2014_Savings%20Programs%20General_App.pdf.
Scholarship Program: HRDC offers a special Scholarship program to help families and individuals pay for post-secondary education or job-training in Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, or Yellowstone County. Up to $2,000 is available per student to cover tuition, books, and required supplies at an eligible educational institution. While in the Scholarship program, participants take part in personal finance activities to learn how to better manage money and plan financially for the future. Participants must be age 18 or older, have a source of earned income (not currently receiving TANF, SSI/SSDI), have a minor child currently living in the home, have a household gross income not exceeding 185% of the Federal Poverty Level , be in good academic standing and currently enrolled in post-secondary education or a training program.

Ask Directory: A five county directory of agency resources to assist in moving people out of poverty.  It is similar to this directory and includes information from Yellowstone, Stillwater, Big Horn and Sweetgrass Counties.

Costs of Service: no fees

 

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