Wyoming Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) #
TANF provides temporary cash assistance to lower income families in Wyoming. Its primary goal is to assist families near the poverty level to become self-sufficient through employment, cash support and other resources.
In Wyoming, the TANF program is called POWER, Personal Opportunities With Employment Responsibilities. All eligible 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.
How do I get welfare in Wyoming?
You may apply for TANF/POWER by contacting your local DFS office near you and ask to speak to a POWER Case Manager.
Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) #
Wyoming 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 benefit is $124 for a single individual up to $413 for a family of three.
How do I apply for food stamps in Wyoming?
Application for SNAP must be made in person at the local DFS field office in your community. If applicable, an interview will be arranged to determine your eligibility.
Cent$ible Nutrition Program #
Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) is a free cooking and nutrition education program for SNAP participants in Wyoming. CNP offers classes on how to cook healthy food on a limited income.
In light of the COVID-19, CNP classes are now being conducted online where you can join free classes from the comfort of your home.
If you are interested, please call 1-877-219-4646 to register.
Commodity Supplement Food Program (CSFP) #
Commodity Supplement Food Program (CSFP) provides a monthly food box, at no charge, for clients age 60 or older and are income eligible.
Currently CSFP is available in Laramie County, Natrona County, and Platte County. For additional information regarding CSFP, please contact (307) 856-6522.
The Wyoming Hunger Initiative has set up a number of food resources, listed by county. If you need assistance, find your community's resources at www.nohungerwyo.org.
Wyoming Medicaid #
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.
How do I apply for Medicaid in Wyoming?
Apply online at www.wesystem.wyo.gov or apply over the phone by contacting the Wyoming Department of Health Customer Service Center at 1-855-294-2127.
Wyoming Kid Care 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. 1
Kid Care CHIP is available to the children of parents’ whose income lies below 205% of the federal poverty level and are not eligible for Medicaid.
The easiest way to apply for Kid Care CHIP is to call
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Wyoming Child Care Subsidy Program #
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.
How do I apply for child care assistance in Wyoming?
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.
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) #
Wyoming 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.
If eligible, households receive a one-time credit deposited directly into their utility accounts, usually in the months of November through June.
How do I apply for LIHEAP in Wyoming?
Applications for the LIEAP are available beginning October and are accepted through February. Visit https://www.lieapwyo.org/ to submit your application online
Wyoming Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) #
Wyoming WAP help reduce energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. Through weatherization services, these households may save 10% — 35% annually on home heating bills.
Priority is given to the elderly, disabled and homes with children under five. Those who are approved for assistance through LIEAP are also eligible.
However, you are not required to accept LIEAP to receive weatherization assistance. For more information on how to apply or to ask that an application be mailed to you, call 1-800-246-4221.
Wyoming Unemployment Insurance #
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 $508 per week.
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.
How do I file for unemployment online in Wyoming?
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 or for your convenience, you may also file electronically.
Wyoming College Access Grant #
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.
- Wyoming CHIP will be managed by Wyoming Medicaid instead of Blue Cross Blue Shield and Delta Dental of Wyoming.