COVID-19 Updates Relevant to the VSN / Timeline
*** 3/12 "Missoula Aging Services, "support groups, workshops and classes have been canceled for the time being.."
*** 3/16 Missoula Housing Authority is open by appointment only Our staff listing is on our website: https://missoulahousing.org/staff
*** 3/16 Job Service Missoula - 2020 Career Fair CANCELED
*** The DVOP & VSN would like to thank the following VSP that RSVP'd to table outside of the Career Fair in the "Veteran Services" area of the lobby:
Canine Companions for Independence
Dogs on Deployment
Humana / MarketPoint (Veteran Health options outside of the VA)
Job Service DVOP (Disabled Veterans Outreach Program)
Missoula Vet Center (Mobile Vet Center in parking lot)
MonTECH, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
Mountain View Center of Hope (Veteran family program, “center of influence ministry”)
Three Rangers Foundation
Troops to Teachers
U.S. Senator Daines Office, Veterans Casework Liaison
VA HUD VASH
VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E, Fort Harrison)
Veteran Directed Care (VDC) at Missoula Aging Services
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies (VOANR)
Career Fair Questions: Sarah, Supervisor, SWimmer@mt.gov
Or, Job Service – Missoula, (406) 728-7060, MissoulaJSC@mt.gov
*** 3/16 Pathways – community updates, “Salvation Army is open & giving out food boxes and hygiene products as long as they have them.
The Poverello is still serving meals but are not allowing any volunteers in the building except in the kitchen.
*** 3/17 “Summit Independent Living offices and locations are closed to public in-person contact until further notice
*** 3/18 Nonprofit Newsletter, “Bloomerang has compiled a library of crisis fundraising advice, articles, opinions, webinars, videos and resources in the wake of the new coronavirus and its impact on the nonprofit sector" https://bloomerang.co/resources/covid19/
*** 3/18 State of Montana ~ Joint Information Center: https://covid19.mt.gov/joint-information-center
State of Montana COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: http://dli.mt.gov/employer-covid-19-faq
*** 3/18 VA News, “Veterans: Call before visiting your VA facility: VA can make it easier and safer to get back to health with virtual care through My HealtheVet and the VA Video Connect app on your smartphone, tablet or computer: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72447/veterans-sick-stay-home-phone-safe-convenient-option/?fbclid=IwAR2PrI7I0LjFToKWv0QGMHnuWRduoQTKE3T7iHA-3Gw06ELlx8dkbFzNesA
VA’s Response COVID-19: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_campaign=Coronavirus
*** 3/19 University of Montana, “steps the University is taking to prepare for and slow the spread of the pandemic: https://www.umt.edu/coronavirus/default.php Currently, all classes will move to online and remote-only instruction.
*** 3/19 Montana DPHHS, Office of Public Assistance, “Services are available to Montana residents on-line through apply.mt.gov or by telephone through the Public Assistance Help Line at 1-888-706-1535. Set up an online account to apply for SNAP food assistance, TANF cash assistance, or health coverage.
Montana Department of Public Health https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/cdepi/diseases/coronavirusmt
OPA office emails: https://dphhs.mt.gov/hcsd/OfficeofPublicAssistance
*** 3/23 Job Service Missoula is OPEN via PHONE (406) 728-7060 & EMAIL (Job search, resume reviews, interviewing tips, etc.). Phones will be very busy - please utilize email when you can. For Missoula and surrounding counties, please use: firstname.lastname@example.org
*** COVID-19 FAQ for employers and workers: https://dli.mt.gov/employer-covid-19-faq
*** REGISTER & SEARCH JOBS and/or OR START an Unemployment Insurance CLAIM: https://montanaworks.gov/
*** 3/23 Senta - Costco, “opening on Tuesdays and Thursday’s from 8-9 for 60 and older and for compromised people.”
*** 3/24 VHA "partnerships support the social determinants of health that Veterans need during times of crisis" https://www.va.gov/healthpartnerships/updates/impact/03242020.asp
*** 3/24 American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program, "TFA application procedures with the coronavirus" https://www.legion.org/financialassistance/248595/tfa-application-procedures-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR0DHEaKEr1KCQgMzZkRiwiSI92tdRdWXDFqEq8_uUl36A5zcR22iK94SGo
*** 3/25 VA Newsletter, “Veterans have multiple resources available for the latest COVID-19 or coronavirus information, from the overall Federal government response to VA resources, rumor control, CDC information, state resource listings and more” https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/72856/veterans-multiple-resources-covid-19-information/
*** 3/26 SBA, “Administrator Carranza Implements Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans Through End of 2020" https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/carranza-implements-automatic-deferment-existing-sba-disaster-loans-through-end-2020 Questions: Mark - SBA, (202) 205-6157, C (202) 365-7461, email@example.com
*** 3/27 U.S. Department of Labor, “Small and midsize employers will benefit from two new refundable payroll tax credits designed to immediately and fully reimburse them for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related family and medical leave and sick leave to their employees: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osec/osec20200320
Approximately $22 million in Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program grants will provide services to reintegrate homeless veterans into meaningful employment: https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/vets/vets20200327
*** 3/27 Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services, “The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission created a page to address questions about ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and the COVID-19 virus: https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/wysk_ada_rehabilitaion_act_coronavirus.cfm
In addition, the Job Accommodation Network has a web page with information and links to other sites helping with possible accommodations needed: https://askjan.org/topics/COVID-19.cfm
*** 3/29/20 Union Gospel Mission dba Hope Rescue Mission (https://www.hopemontana.org/), “we have closed the Hope Thrift Boutique temporarily. The Outreach Team has continued to visit and care for the basic needs of those who are homeless. The 549-HOPE coordinators are taking calls from home and organizing deliveries for those who need food and medications but are unable to pick them up.
*** 3/30 Montana Department of Labor & Industry, “Please note that the FAQ’S from UI are being constantly updated" http://dli.mt.gov/Portals/57/Documents/covid-19/employee-FAQ.pdf
*** 3/30/20 Salvation Army, “They are still open Monday through Thursday 9am-3pm for food boxes, hygiene kits, and they have a little bit of rental assistance left. Additionally, they have a computer set up for those who need to get online for anything.”
*** 4/1 Learning Center at Red Willow, "We will be continuing to work from home and updating our website and social media with new class information .. We're pleased to be able to offer more classes online that you can access from home and still stay connected with our instructors www.redwillowlearning.org
Heroes Therapeutic Outreach Program INFO / WAIVER: https://www.redwillowlearning.org/sliding-fees-scholarships/
New phone (406) 530-7175, firstname.lastname@example.org
*** 4/1 Sharon, Senator Daines Office, "Senator Daines worked to be certain folks who receive Social Security or SDDI and are not required to file federal income tax returns. They will receive their Economic Impact check without having to file a federal income tax return: https://www.daines.senate.gov/news/press-releases/daines-secures-action-from-trump-administration-to-remove-barriers-lower-costs-of-coronavirus-testing-and-treatment (Sharon Parks-Banda, Veterans Casework Liaison, U.S. Senator Steve Daines, (406) 549-8198, Sharon_Parks-Banda@daines.senate.gov)
*** 4/7 Western Montana Mental Health Clinic, “The Behavioral Urgent Care Clinic in Missoula is open (1201 Wyoming St). Open from 9am - 5pm Monday – Friday. Set to have same day care for anyone needing urgent behavioral health services. We’ll adjust and/or expand our hours to meet community needs. (Kari Auclair, Area Director – WMMHC, Missoula, Ravalli, Granite, Powell, Deer Lodge, Beaverhead Counties, email@example.com).
*** 4/9 Montana Department of Labor & Industry, "Page for self-employed, independent contractors and others:" http://dli.mt.gov/self-employed-contractor
*** 4/9 MT DLI Veteran Program Manager, “Wounded Warrior Project ~ COVID-19 Relief Program" Veterans in financial distress / members in need will be able to apply for $1,000 grants, intended to go toward groceries, utilities or housing. HOW TO APPLY: https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/covid-relief
*** 4/9 AARP Tele-Townhall Recordings: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2020/tele-town-hall-coronavirus.html
Questions: Steve Reiter, AARP Montana (406) 457-4702, firstname.lastname@example.org
*** 4/14 DAV from Sharon, Senator Daines Office in Missoula, “DAV has decided to suspend its van service until June. The VA Veteran Transportation Service is still operating *** Also from Dena - Bitterroot DAV, “we do have a directive from DAV to not transport until June 01 2020 and I have been referring our Veterans in the Bitterroot and Missoula areas who need transport to VTS - Veteran Transportation Service 447-6270 however I did get permission that if VTS is not able to transport our Veterans in our area due to not having a driver available etc DAV can transport in those situations- as long as the Veterans meet DAV guidelines and if I can find a volunteer driver who is available.” (DAV website / COVID info – may not have been updated yet: https://www.dav.org/covid-19-veterans-information/).
*** 4/14 UM Alumni – Emergency Student Support Fund https://supportum.org/givingopportunities/campusinitiatives/emergency-student-support-fund.php#makegift
*** 4/15 Salvation Army Tech Hub Volunteers Needed (provided by the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative)
TECH HUB at the Salvation Army, 355 S. Russell St., Missoula (549-0710), OPEN until approx 4/30 Monday - Thursday, 10am - 11:30am: Access the internet to find resources, job search, apply for employment, housing, check email, connect w/family & friends! THREE individuals will be able to use a laptop or iPad at a time for up to 30 minutes. Individuals and volunteers will be spaced 6 feet apart and will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bathroom facilities will NOT be available. Questions: Katie (406) 285-1795, email@example.com
*** 4/16 VFW, “The Veterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs Program offers grants up to $1,500 to eligible Veterans, service members and military families. VA BLOG: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/70365/vfws-unmet-needs-program/
Questions: Unmet Needs at 1-866-789-6333
*** 4/16 VSN Events CMTE, "The Heroes at Home BBQ & VSAP has been rescheduled for September 20, 2020! Click on "More" at the top of this page, and go the "Heroes BBQ & VSAP" page or the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/483415689026245/ for more info. Hope to see you there!
*** If you would like to DONATE to one of our VSN Leadership ORGS:
Extreme Sports for Veterans: http://xsports4vets.org/
United Veterans Council (UVC) of Missoula & Ravalli Counties, Veterans Relief Fund (Emergency gas, etc.): EIN# 81-6016498; Mail: American Legion Post 27, 825 Ronan St., Missoula, MT 59801; Questions: John Angwin, American Legion Commander, C 544-2583, firstname.lastname@example.org
Veteran Suicide Awareness & Prevention (VSAP): https://runsignup.com/vsap
*** 4/20 HOPE Rescue Mission formerly Union Gospel Mission of Missoula, We've never had a more urgent need to get food to families quickly: https://www.hopemontana.org/
*** 4/22 Montana DLI, “individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment benefits (e.g. self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig workers, COVID-19-impacted workers) can file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). FILE PUA Claim: https://mtpua.mt.gov/_/
Montanans can call (406) 444-3382 or email for help.
COVID-19 FAQ for EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES: http://dli.mt.gov/employer-covid-19-faq
*** 4/22 Missoula Economic Partnership, Reopening the Big Sky: https://covid19.mt.gov/Portals/223/Documents/Reopening%20Montana%20Phased%20Approach.pdf?ver=2020-04-22-115707-770
Questions: (406) 541-6461, email@example.com
*** 4/23 VBA Fort Harrison, Clarissa Caunday at VBA Fort Harrison Regional Benefits Office confirmed VBA is granting extensions on the deadline by which to file an appeal (disability claims) The Veteran can call 1-800-827-1000 and let them know they need an extension “Due to COVID-19,” and VBA is automatically granting the extension."
*** 4/24 Montana Housing, within the Department of Commerce, “relevant information about COVID-19 and how it affects affordable homes in Montana. COVID-19 information phone line at 1-888-333-0461 and Montanans can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Montana Housing borrowers needing to make a mortgage payment can do so online, by phone, ACH or sending it by mail. Montana Housing will waive phone and online payment fees through the month of May. Questions: (406) 841-2840 or visit https://covid19.mt.gov/
*** 4/24 U.S Small Business Administration, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program
Questions: Brent - SBA (406) 441-1083, Brent.Donnelly@sba.gov
*** 4/26 US Military Campgrounds and RV Parks Newsletter, “campground closure list https://www.militarycampgrounds.us/kunena/4-general-military-campgrounds-topics/14231-corona-virus-campground-closures
If you need to travel, I suggest you call the campground in advance to see if they are open and if your reservation is still valid.”
*** 4/27 AARP Montana (aarp.org/veterans), “VA Beneficiaries with Children Must Register with IRS for Extra $500 Stimulus Payment by May 5: https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/veterans/info-2020/beneficiaries-stimulus-checks.html?intcmp=AE-HF-VC-VET-BB
Questions: Steve Reiter, AARP Montana (406) 457-4702, email@example.com
*** 4/28 Emergency Housing Assistance Program: https://housing.mt.gov/Rental-Housing/CovidHousingAssist
*** 4/30 Job Corps, “IF you have interested parties, please have them contact me via email or phone. I am interviewing students via online docu- sign application and phone. I am getting their files to the centers, so when they open again, they will bring current students back and set up arrival for new students (Questions: Rick (406) 396-2793, Whitmore.Richard@jobcorps.org
*** 5/2 RMMMH -News from the CV front: closed to public visitation. Consultation with other members of the Museums Association of MT are looking at a very gradual reopening to full service.
• At NRHC, Greg Smith’s May 19 presentation, “An Inconvenient Grizzly,” has been moved to Sept. 1.
*** 5/4 Minutes from "4/30 Lunch & Learn (Mark Upton, MD) – Urgent Care Briefing" VA Mission Act – Urgent Care & Same Day Services: https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/docs/programs/MISSION-ACT_Urgent-Care_FLYER.pdf# [va.gov]
Veteran Community Care – Urgent Care YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk-eg4N29w0&feature=youtu.be [youtube.com]
VA Blog – Urgent Care: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/62632/mission-act-urgent-care/ [blogs.va.gov]
To check your eligibility, call 844-698-2311 (select 1, then 3)
To locate an urgent care provider, Veterans can use VA's Provider Locator https://www.va.gov/find-locations [va.gov] (Or, contact your local VA or call 1-877-881-7618 which is the OCC National Contact Center).
Prescriptions: There is no Rx card needed to identify the Veteran.
Veteran urgent care webpage https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/Urgent_Care.asp
Urgent Care – Info for Providers: https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/providers/info_UrgentCare.asp [va.gov]
Community Care Network: https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/providers/Community_Care_Network.asp [va.gov]
Questions: Mark -Veterans Health Administration, firstname.lastname@example.org
*** 5/5 State of Montana, “Beginning Thursday, May 7, Montanans out of work, families with limited resources, small businesses, non-profits and others can apply for financial relief for things like rental and mortgage assistance, business and non-profit grants, grants to serve seniors and those living with a disability, food banks and local food producers: https://commerce.mt.gov/Coronavirus-Relief
*** 5/6 Nonprofit Newsletter - “Downtown Missoula Business Support Fund,” APPLY: https://www.missouladowntown.com/missoula-downtown-foundation/downtown-missoula-business-support-fund/
*** 5/6 VA News (Multiple Lunch & Learns / WEBINARS added to May events) and, “Military bands offer free online performances. Watch the Digital Drumline Project with 900+ drummers playing in unison from all over the world. See videos and schedules of free performances from all 5 military bands, plus a VA music therapy video.” https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/74350/military-bands-offer-free-online-performances/
*** 5/13 Blackstone Launchpad, “The Business Emergency Assistance & Recovery (BEAR) Program is providing a "single point of entry" to sole proprietors and small businesses requesting assistance or guidance in responding to the COIVD-19 crisis.
REQUEST BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: http://acceleratemontana.umt.edu/covid-resource/default.php
Questions: Paul (406) 243-5723, email@example.com
*** 5/13 VA News, “VA has expanded support services enabled by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to make available immediate relief for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.” https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5442
*** And, “On March 27, the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, into law to help Americans economically impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to help homeowners avoid home foreclosure, including VA Home Loans.” https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/74704/cares-act-extends-va-home-loan-pre-foreclosure-options/
*** 5/14 National Cemetery Administration, "NCA will commemorate Memorial Day this year with solemn wreath-laying ceremonies. All VA national cemeteries will be open Memorial Day weekend from dawn to dusk for public visitation (NOT open to the public).
*** Americans are encouraged to pay tribute to deceased Veterans by utilizing the Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM): https://www.vlm.cem.va.gov/?utm_source=Veterans%20Legacy%20Memorial&utm_campaign=cem
VLM URL: www.va.gov/remember
Questions: Danny -NCA, firstname.lastname@example.org
*** 5/14 VA VEO Lunch & Learn, “Protect Yourself from COVID-19 with VA Virtual Tools” https://connectedcare.va.gov/whats-new/technology/protect-yourself-covid-19-va-virtual-tools
Addressing the Needs of Veterans During COVID-19 ~ VBA Contact Information: https://covid19militarysupport.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/VBA-Slide.pdf
*** 5/18 National Center for Appropriate Technology, “$16 Billion Available to Help Farmers" https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=us&agency=fsa
ATTRA helpline (U.S. only): 800-346-9140 (English) Or, Send an email to email@example.com
*** 5/20 VA News, “The just released VA coronavirus chatbot [lnks.gd] is available 24/7 to quickly triage COVID-19 symptoms and answer your questions on testing options, stimulus payments and telehealth, and even how to reschedule VA appointments.” https://www.va.gov/coronavirus-chatbot/
*** 5/21 Montana DPHHS, “Telework Assistance Grants of up to $1,000 per individual now available through Disability Employment and Transitions (DET) Division. 1 (877) 296-1197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org https://dphhs.mt.gov/detd
*** 5/21 Montana DLI, “Safety Health Recording – Employer Town Hall” https://soundcloud.com/user-863864992/employer-q-a-may-13-2020
*** 5/21 Montana State Relief Funds: https://www.covidreliefmt.org/submit
*** 5/26 Missoula Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD ) Behavioral Health Task Force http://covid19.missoula.co/
*** 5/26 UM, “we will start the fall semester Wednesday, Aug. 19. Final exams – and the last day of the semester – will conclude Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving – eliminating the need for students, faculty and staff travel between the Thanksgiving holiday and the conclusion of the semester. Winter break will last until Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, the start of spring semester/ UM COVID-19 website: https://www.umt.edu/coronavirus/fall2020.php
*** 5/27 Montana DLI WSD Job Service, “The Missoula Job Service Opening Doors to Your Success Workshops for the months of June and July, will not be held in person or on site, however we will offer all services related to the workshops via email, video conference or phone whenever possible. Our phone line 406-728-7060 is open between 8am-5pm Monday -Friday, except 9am on Tuesdays or email email@example.com
*** 6/3 VA Health Care, “VA Medical Centers: Moving Forward Together” https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/ss20200529-moving-forward?inheritRedirect=true
*** 6/3 VA News, “National Surveillance Tool assesses readiness across VA’s health system” https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/74896/national-surveillance-tool-assesses-readiness-across-vas-health-system/
AND, “VA Chaplains add new mission: tech support to keep Veterans connected” https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/75293/va-chaplains-ensure-veterans-stay-connected/
AND, “VA partners with Dole Foundation, Red Cross to help Veteran caregivers” https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/75256/va-partners-dole-foundation-red-cross-help-veteran-caregivers/
AND, ““Transition Talk” video series: Military to Civilian support during COVID-19” https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/74760/transition-talk-video-series-military-civilian-support-covid-19/
*** 6/3 VA News, “VA is helping to make it easier to apply for VA jobs. Check out our live broadcasts on LinkedIn for tips on understanding the VA application process and using the VA Careers website, finding work after military service, and interviewing successfully” LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/department-of-veterans-affairs/videos/
*** 6/3 VA News – RallyPoint, “Vet Centers Provide Counseling and Care by Phone, Video and In Person” https://www.rallypoint.com/command-post/vet-centers-provide-counseling-and-care-by-phone-video-and-in-person
AND, “Veterans Experience Live (VetXL): Hiring Together – live Q&A with VA and partners now hiring Veterans and Spouses (June 16th). What are your questions?” https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/veterans-experience-live-vetxl-hiring-together-live-q-a-with-va-and-partners-now-hiring-veterans-and-spouses-what-are-your-questions
*** 6/4 Montana DLI Business Services, “This is a great article shared by Mark Mahnke (Business Services Specialist for VBRS). There is some great information in this article to help businesses with accommodations as they move to a partial or full virtual landscape. There is also information for businesses on how and what needs to be accommodated in virtual meetings/trainings. Please feel free to share with your business partners. If you have questions or need more information please do not hesitate to reach out.” https://www.deafhhtech.org/rerc/remote-workplace-communications-access/
*** 6/9 Montana DLI & DPHHS, Reemployment Plan / UI is going to start requiring job search activities beginning June 22nd in order to maintain UI benefits. There is a video that talks through the workbook. They also walk through how to use Career One Stop and discuss SMART goals. Videos and tools from Workforce GPS for establishing a re-employment plan: https://rc.workforcegps.org/resources/2016/10/03/05/28/My_Reemployment_Plan
*** 6/11 Military.com, “Military aid societies, namely the Army Emergency Relief (AER), the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) and the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) adapted quickly to the crisis to help service members and continue to aid U.S. troops through new programming: https://www.military.com/2020/06/09/military-aid-societies-offer-assistance-crisis-schooling-expenses.html
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society offers financial assistance and Quick Assist Loans to aid service members: https://www.nmcrs.org/pages/nmcrs-covid-19-information
*** 6/19 US DOL, “OSHA has issued guidance to assist employers in reopening non-essential businesses and their employees returning to work during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to keep workers safe and healthy.” https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20200618 and “The Department has published a request for information on pooled employer plans and other multiple employer plans.” https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/ebsa/ebsa20200617
*** 6/19 Montana DLI, “To address the many questions COVID has created, DLI created the following avenues to share relevant and rapidly evolving information.
A new website was created to consolidate COVID-19 specific DLI information at dli.mt.gov/covid-19. This site is continually updated.
In April, DLI began hosting town halls to answer the multitudes of questions from employers and claimants alike. Commissioner Nordlund and UI leadership covered UI several times a week, graciously addressing the waves of questions from claimants new to the UI system. Deputy Commissioner O’Leary and personnel from ERD, WSD, UI and Legal covered employer questions. UI Claimant town halls have ceased for the time being, however, Employer Town Halls will continue post-COVID as a forum to address questions and current topics affecting businesses around the state. The next one is scheduled for July 9th. Watch for additional information. Recordings of town halls are located at dli.mt.gov/town-halls
A Return to Work webpage was launched to provide job seekers information during the phased reopening of Montana’s economy at dli.mt.gov/return-to-work
DLI has coordinated with the Montana Department of Commerce, Department of Public Health and Human Services the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to highlight state resources available to Montana businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19 and UI claimants.
DLI social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram has expanded dramatically. Following our pages is another way to keep updated on current DLI happenings
The Research & Analysis Bureau created a dashboard with timely and extensive information on UI claims, the Unemployment Rate, job postings, and other detailed information at lmi.mt.gov/home/job-tracking.
*** 6/23 Montana DLI, “The tech center that has granted the public computer access at the Salvation Army is closing down next week (Missoula Interfaith will no longer be able to staff it). The library’s tentative opening date is August 15th.
*** 6/24 Montana Department of Commerce, “This site is meant to serve as a comprehensive resource for Montanans to identify whether they qualify for financial relief and to serve as a resource as we collectively begin to reopen the thriving economy Montana enjoyed prior to the global outbreak of COVID-19.: https://commerce.mt.gov/Coronavirus-Relief Montana COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-333-0461 or COVID19info@mt.gov
If you are a business owner and have questions related to the phased approach to reopening and how the plan applies to you directly, please call 1-800-755-6672.
*** 6/25 Bob Woodruff Foundation Announces Additional $2 Million Investment in Programs Providing Urgent Support to Veterans Impacted by Coronavirus: https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/news/bob-woodruff-foundation-announces-additional-2-million-investment-in-programs-providing-urgent-support-to-veterans-impacted-by-coronavirus/
*** 7/1 VA “VA expanded its telehealth sessions by 1000% since March to continue serving Veterans during the pandemic. Yes, 1000%. That's more than 9 million telehealth appointments, including over 1 million mental health appointments!” https://telehealth.va.gov/
And, "Hey Annie, what's the latest with COVID?" Annie will let you know. Annie is VA’s text messaging program that sends health information and self-care reminders. Annie's Coronavirus Precaution texts provide general information, tips on precautions, and assessing and monitoring symptoms. https://connectedcare.va.gov/sites/default/files/HOP-270-Annie-COVID-19-Protocol-One-Pager-1.2_508.pdf
*** 7/6 Missoula Housing Authority July 2020 Newsletter, “Rental / Mortgage Assistance: The state of Montana is continuing to administer CARES rental and mortgage assistance. Apply here: https://commerce.mt.gov/Coronoavirus-Relief/ (This assistance is for Montanans not receiving other types of housing assistance).
*** 7/14 Missoula Field Office of Public Assistance, “Beginning Monday, 7/20/2020, our Missoula Field Office of Public Assistance office hours will change to 8am – 5pm Monday – Friday. We are currently closed to the public due to the COVID emergency and do not yet have a scheduled date for reopening. In order to access our services, please utilize the following options: Self Service Portal: apply.mt.gov (Apply, Check Benefits, View Notices, Report Changes, Upload Documents) – Questions: 1-888-706-1535 (Extended hours 7am – 6pm M-F), HHSHCSOPAMissoula@mt.gov
*** 7/15 VA & Military.com, “Being in quarantine can get lonely and boring. VA has teamed up with Help Heal Veterans to deliver quarantine kits to help keep Veterans occupied and entertained. The kits contain reading and educational materials, craft supplies, and materials that can be used to help Veterans create their own face masks: https://www.healvets.org/news-events/coronavirus
*** 7/17 US DOL, "U.S. Department of Labor Awards $3 Million Dislocated Worker Grant In Response to the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency" https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200713
*** 7/17 University of Montana "Healthy Fall 2020" https://www.umt.edu/coronavirus/healthy-fall-2020/default.php
*** 7/20 Salvation Army (Free school supplies / backpacks), "the drive through pick-up will be on Aug 11th, they are going over the phone registration process & time slots right now" ...and "Salvation Army will also be doing the teen school clothes program they have done in the past – probably phone intake and then mail gift cards to the student from Walmart and they will be restricted to buy clothes & shoes only." (Salvation Army (406) 549-0710)
*** 7/21 Job Service Missoula ~ FREE WORKSHOPS, "The Missoula Job Service Opening Doors to Your Success Workshops for the month of August, will continue to not be held in person or on site, however we will offer all services related to the workshops via email, video conference or phone whenever possible. When Job Service Missoula does re-open to the public based on recommendations from the CDC as well as our local health department, we will re-evaluate at the time September workshops. Our phone line 406-728-7060 is open between 8am-5pm Monday - Friday, TUESDAY’S 9am-5pm or email anytime to inquire about one-on-one email workshop assistance. Thanks in advance and appreciate your understanding during this changing environment."
*** 7/21 Montana DPHHS Announcement, "$33 Million in Grant Funding for Behavioral Health Providers" https://commerce.mt.gov/Coronavirus-Relief
*** 7/24 HRC, "District XI Human Resource Council offers a wide range of services to a broad base of clients in Missoula, Ravalli, and Mineral Counties in the areas of housing, energy conservation, energy assistance, incapacity assessment services and employment. District XI Human Resource Council is the recipient of CARES ACT funding as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding is in the form of Emergency Solutions Grant in Mineral, Ravalli, and Missoula Counties. ESG can assist individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness with deposit and first month’s rent. ESG can also assist individuals and families at risk of eviction to pay up to 3 months of rent.
IF YOU BECOME AWARE OF INDIVIDUALS OR HOUSEHOLDS WHO ARE HOMELESS OR AT RISK OF EVICTION, OR WHO ARE DOUBLED UP WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS DUE TO LACK OF THEIR OWN HOUSING, PLEASE REFER THEM TO THE HOUSING STAFF AT THE HUMAN RESOURCE COUNCIL IN MISSOULA, 406-728-3710, to be screened for assistance."
*** 7/27 Small Business Admin, "update on a few quick items"
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - https://www.sba.gov/document/report-paycheck-protection-program-report-through-july-24-2020
Montana – 23,406 loans for $1,767,209,212 (through 7/24/2020)
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loans
Montana - 8,265 loans for $463,395,800 (through 7/15/2020)
Montana - 17,234 advances for $51,221,000 (through 7/15/2020)
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness Procedural Notice – Lenders have been provided guidance as to the procedure to process loan forgiveness (copy of the procedural notice attached). The PPP Forgiveness Platform will go live and begin accepting Lender submissions on August 10, 2020, subject to extension if any new legislative amendments to the forgiveness process necessitate changes to the system.
PPP Funds Remaining – There are still about $130 billion remaining in the PPP program. The application deadline is currently August 8, 2020. Businesses that wish to apply should reach out to their banks as soon as possible.
EIDL Application Portal Remains Open. - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loans Applications for new Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are being accepted from all qualified small businesses, including U.S. agricultural businesses.
For all guidance documents/data documents available for PPP can be located at the SBA and Treasure websites as follows:
*** 7/29 Business Adaptability Grant Program Expands https://commerce.mt.gov/Coronavirus-Relief
*** 7/29 MT VRBS Newsletter, "DPHHS Telework Assistance Grants are still available through Disability Employment and Transitions (DET) Division. This funding will go towards purchasing assistive technology equipment to assist workers with disabilities in Montana maintain telework opportunities. DET will assess and support assistive technology telework needs for individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This assistance will ensure people with disabilities have the equipment needed to adapt to the change in working environment due to COVID-19 and will support Montana’s workforce. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity please call 1 (877) 296-1197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*** 8/3 Eric – DVOP/LVER in Butte, “Good read & tough situation from our local paper that really highlights key problems facing certain veterans around the country” https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://mtstandard.com/news/state-and-regional/daughter-anxiously-seeks-ailing-veterans-records-in-shutdown/article_13a782cd-baf5-56a6-9e22-c5541a27e41c.html__;!!GaaboA!6YfoEXn4zacvTVGqPqVumaYw8P4a5oURrOJtiappBXS8_beZ-Rd2Cthq299ZWK3hgw$
US Centers for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html