It has been estimated that Wyoming has the most significant number of working mothers with low income who have young children to take care of. 80% of these single mothers are said to be taking care of these children themselves while close to one-third of the 80% are considered poor, surprisingly majority out of that number are immigrant women. To close this gap, the state government of Wyoming has launched programs that will assist those affected families through its Social assistance. Some of these include:
- Wyoming Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
The program was designed to give cash assistance to families with low income that are domiciled in the state. Its mainstream objective is to help families who are close to the FPL become self-sufficient. In Wyoming, this program is also referred to as Personal Opportunities with Employment Responsibilities (POWER). Every resident of Wyoming who is eligible for this program is meant to receive monetary assistance for 24 months (2 years), but according to law guiding this program, disabled people and individuals that are up to 60 years of age are exempted from all the work-related activities associated with the program. Interested parties should apply here.
- Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
This program was created to assist individuals and families who are having challenges with feeding their household to so without much struggle. Because the major aim of this program is to support families especially single mothers in terms of feeding, eligible families are meant to be receiving some monetary benefits for that sole purpose. To qualify for this program, the size of your household, as well as your income, expenses, and assets must be assessed. Qualified families are eligible to get a maximum amount of $119 monthly, but for single individuals (and single mothers), they are expected to receive $433 (maximum) but must be a family of three. For information about Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), click to apply.
- Wyoming Medicaid
Medicaid is a popular health insurance program that has been adopted by many states in the United States. It is meant to assist those individuals who cannot afford health insurance probably because of their low-income earnings. Those targeted individuals include children, elderly people, pregnant women, and those with disabilities. For children, the scheme covers from age 6 while pregnant women are expected to be earning below 154% of the FPL in income to qualify for the program. But unfortunately, most low-income adults without kids might not be able to participate in this program because the limited resources available for the program. Click here to apply.
- Wyoming KidCare Chip
This program is designed specifically for children, it is also known as Wyoming’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. Their main focus is to assist children with problems of vision, and dental issues, and they must be of the stipulated age of 18 years. To qualify for this program, the parents of these children should be earning below the 200% FPL and did not qualified for the Medicaid program. Click here to apply.
- Wyoming Child Care Subsidy Program
This program is designed to assist families to pay for the medical bills of their children while working or while they are in school. To qualify for this program, there must be an assessment of the number of your household, the family’s gross income and their assets as well. The subsidy money is given to any qualified family according to their monthly income, the cost of the medical care, and the size of the family. But interested families must note that it is a subsidy, not a pay-out, meaning you are meant to pay some part of the money needed for the child’s healthcare. To apply for the program, interested parties should visit the nearest DFS office and request an application from the DFS officer.
- WYOMING CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM (CACFP)
This program is designed to provide nutritious meals as well as snacks to children, a process that has been made a regular part of the day -to -day care. The program aims to improve the quality of food offered to those children that are born into families of low-income earners hence help in their nutrition for healthy development. Majority of the participants of the CACFP are mostly pre-school children who are up to 12 years as well as those who found themselves in emergency shelters. For those who wish to know more about this program, they should call the Wyoming Department of education on this number 307 777 7168. Click here to apply.