State Displaced Homemaker Program

  • The State Displaced Homemakers Program is intended to provide employment and training services to individuals who have been dependent upon someone else for support and who through death, disability of a spouse or divorce no longer have such support. Services for Displaced Homemakers include vocational counseling, job training and job search assistance. The purpose of the program is to intervene in an individual's life prior to their depletion of financial reserves. Intervening shortly after displacement prevents welfare dependence and helps attach them as quickly as possible to the labor market.
  • This program is one of the many programs administered by Workforce Services Division that is designed to provide a qualified labor force for business and industry. The services are designed to prepare an individual for the workplace and to have skills that business and industry need.
  • State Displaced Homemaker services are provided to Montana residents 18 years of age or older who have been in the home primarily caring for the home and family without compensation and for that reason have diminished marketable skills; and have been dependent on public assistance or on the income of a relative but are no longer supported by that income; or are unemployed or underemployed and are experiencing difficulty in obtaining suitable employment and whose youngest child will soon become ineligible for TANF; or is a criminal offender.
  • The program is administered by Division Management Services Bureau in the Department of Labor and Industry. The bulk of the funding goes in direct grants to six private, non-profit organizations in local communities to serve individuals. Ten percent of the funding is retained by Workforce Services Division for administrative functions, such as fiscal oversight, maintenance of the participant data tracking system, etc. Division monitors physically go to each program operator site annually to review participant files and provide technical assistance.
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    State Displaced Homemakers Service Provider List
    Service Provider Program Contact Phone Number
    Career Futures, Inc.
    55 West Granite
    Butte, MT 59701

    Mary Berg
    careerft@aol.com

    (406) 723-9101
    Career Training Institute
    347 North Last Chance Gulch
    Helena, MT 59601

    Jasyn Harrington
    jasynh@ctibrc.org

    (406) 443-0800
    YWCA Employment & Training Center
    909 Wyoming Avenue
    Billings, MT 59101

    Erin Lambert
    elambert@ywcabillings.org

    (406) 252-6303
     
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