Financial Help for Single Mothers in Wyoming

Last updated: March 4, 2013 by Dawn

Wyoming is second last in the nation on gender pay equity, with women earning an average of just 56 cents for every dollar made by men.1

This wage disparity statistic explains the high rate of single-parent families living in poverty.

In an effort to close the gap, a number of state-sponsored programs are made available to help these women with the much needed financial assistance.

Wyoming Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

TANF provides temporary cash assistance to lower income families in Wyoming. It is based on the goals of assisting families near the poverty level to become self-sufficient.

To be eligible for TANF, you must meet certain requirements. In general, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 18 years of age.

The law also requires all TANF applicants, as a condition of eligibility, to participate in work-related activities with the exception of those that are disabled or over 60 years old.

Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP enables eligible low-income individuals and families to receive cash benefits to help pay for food. It provides crucial support to needy households and to those moving from welfare to work.

Eligibility is based on household size, income, assets and some household expenses. The maximum monthly benefits is $200 for a single individual up to $1,202 for a family of eight.

Wyoming Kid Care Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Kid Care CHIP is Wyoming’s Children’s Health Insurance Program designed to provide health, vision and dental insurance to Wyoming’s children and teens through the age of 18.

To be eligible, children must be uninsured and meet income and eligibility guidelines. Call 1-888-996-8786 for additional details.

Wyoming Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

CACFP provides nutritious meals and snacks to infants and children as a regular part of their day care. The program aims to improve the quality of nutrition offered at a critical time in young children’s development.

The majority of CACFP participants are preschool-aged children up to 12 years of age as well as those living in emergency shelters.

If you wish to know more about the Child and Adult Care Food Program, get in touch with the Wyoming Department of Education at 307-777-7168.

Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)

LIEAP assists eligible low-income households in Wyoming in meeting their immediate home energy needs. It helps cover the costs of electricity, natural gas, propane, wood, diesel heating oil, coal and pellets when these are used for heating a home.

Applications for LIEAP are accepted between October through February. If eligible, households receive a one-time credit deposited directly into their utility accounts, usually in the months of November through June.

  1. Source: Wyoming News – Wyoming has second-biggest gender pay gap in U.S. []