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.
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.
In Wyoming, the TANF program is called POWER, Personal Opportunities With Employment Responsibilities. All families in Wyoming receive at least 24 months of assistance.
The law 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.
For more information on the Wyoming POWER program, please contact
TANF Program Manager
Wyoming Department of Family Services
307-754-2245 ext. 23
State Adult Student Financial Aid (SASFA) is another cash assistance program for single parents who are attending college for the first time.
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.
Medicaid is a health insurance program for specified low-income target groups in Wyoming. Potential recipients include children, pregnant women, the aged, blind, and/or disabled.
Wyoming Medicaid covers children under age 6 and pregnant women with family income below 159% of the federal poverty level; and up to 138% of poverty level for children age 6 – 18.
As Wyoming is not expanding Medicaid coverage, most low-income adults without children and some parents may not be eligible. However, you may still be able to get financial assistance to pay for coverage in the marketplace.
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 (< 205% FPL) and eligibility guidelines. Call 1-855-294-2127 for additional details.
The Child Care Subsidy Program helps low income Wyoming’s families pay for the cost of care while working or in school. Eligibility is based on the family’s gross income and household size.
The subsidy amount varies based on the your gross monthly income, family size, and type and cost of care AND
since it is a subsidy, you may be required to pay for some of the child care costs.
If you’re applying for the first time, contact the DFS office in your county and request an application or schedule an interview with DFS eligibility officer.
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.
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.
Unemployment insurance pays temporary benefits to those who have lost their job through no fault of their own. Benefits are paid weekly based upon their past wages in employment — up to a maximum of $475.
You can file a new claim by calling the Wyoming Claims Center at 1-(307)-473-3789. If living outside of Wyoming you can call 1-(866)-729-7799 toll free.
For your convenience, you may also file electronically. However, the new state regulation requires all Wyoming claimants to register for work on wyomingatwork.com. Failure to do so will result in delay or denial of benefits.2
Wyoming College Access Grant is a statewide “need-based” grant given to Wyoming residents attending college for the first time. Preference is given to students who qualify for federal Pell grant.
It will provide a $1,000 award to approximately 600 neediest students across the state. Since funds are limited, early FAFSA filing (before March 1st deadline) is encouraged.
- Source: Wyoming News – Wyoming has second-biggest gender pay gap in U.S. [↩]
- There are 21 Workforce Centers located across Wyoming that can help you with this if you need assistance. [↩]