Money Assistance Wyoming
According to Poverty USA, Wyoming has one of the lowest poverty rates in the United States with less than 11 percent of the residents considered at or below poverty level. Although it ranks as the 6th lowest state for poverty levels – 17% of children under 18 and 7% of seniors live in poverty. Whether you need dire need of help or just a little: There are numerous financial assistance programs in Wyoming for those in need.
Assistance with Utilities: Residents in Wyoming can receive help with their utilities through the LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program.) The program is administered through the Wyoming Department of Family Services and offers benefits based on income, household size and type of fuel used as heating source. You may also qualify for crisis assistance if you are facing a shut off or heating failure during the winter.
Loan Help: If you are on a low income or have bad credit, obtaining a loan can be difficult. In addition, any loan through a specialty lender will probably have really bad rates and fees attached to it. If you are in a situation that requires cash, learn about responsible loan options here.
Food Assistance: Residents of Wyoming may qualify for food assistance through the Food Stamps program. You may also qualify for help with food if you provide childcare or adult care in your home. Additionally, Wyoming offers a breakfast and lunch program for school aged children as well as a Summer Food Service which provides schools and camps with funds to provide food to participants. Many of the programs require that you meet 130 percent of poverty level. A family of four must make $2,584 or less per month to qualify.
Rent and Mortgage: There are several ways to receive help with your mortgage payments in Wyoming. The Wyoming Temporary Assistance for Needy Families provides financial support to help cover bills, including rent. To qualify you must have very low income. Additional options include Section 8 housing through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Getting into these housing units often requires being placed on a waiting list as well as proof of income. Residents can also apply for help through the Cheyenne Housing Authority.
Medical Assistance: Families who meet specific financial eligibility requirements can apply for assistance through the Medicaid program. Medicaid is designed to help adults and children who are unable to purchase medical insurance. Families with young children who don’t qualify for Medicaid may still qualify for assistance through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program is designed to provide low premiums for health coverage. You will have to pay something, but it is typically much more affordable than traditional insurance.
Educational Assistance: There are several programs that offer education assistance for Wyoming Residents. The Wyoming National Guard Education Assistance programs pays for college tuition in return for continued service for at least two years after graduating college. You must commit to at least 6 years of service, maintain fitness requirements and maintain at least a C average. Students can also qualify for financial assistance through the Federal Pell Grant Program and scholarships/grants at the University of Wyoming.
Community Action Centers: Residents of Wyoming can get help with housing, medical assistance, food programs and education through several community action programs. Additionally, many centers also offer help finding and obtaining jobs. One option for residents is the Community Action for Wyoming County. Residents should check with county officials to determine where their closet community action center is located.
Charities: According to a Gallop poll, Wyoming ranks as the 15th most charitable state in the country. There are plenty of options if you are looking for help through a charity including Catholic Charities of Wyoming, Boys and Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity programs.