Wyoming

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  • Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)  – Monthly food stamp benefits to help low-income people and families buy the food they need for good health, Call: 307-777-5846
  • Wyoming Personal Opportunities With Employment Responsibilities (POWER)  – A Offers cash assistance to assure families with a dependent children are working to become self-sufficient through employment, child support and other resourcesCall: 307-754-2245
  • Wyoming Telephone Assistance (TAP) – Offers discounts on basic monthly service for qualified telephone customers, Call: 307-777-5846
  • Wyoming Medicaid  – A health insurance program that provides medical and health-related services to eligible Wyoming residents, Call: 855-294-2127
  • Wyoming Presumptive Eligibility (PE) Program  – Offers immediate, temporary coverage for outpatient health services to pregnant women who meet income requirements, Call: 855-294-2127
  • Wyoming Kid Care CHIP Program  – Offers health care coverage to eligible children living in Wyoming, Call: 855-294-2127
  • Wyoming Family Care Adults Program  – Covers health care services for eligible Wyoming parents or caretaker relatives of children 18 years old or younger, Call: 855-294-2127
  • Wyoming Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program  – Designed to help with costs associated with health insurance premiums for eligible Wyoming residents who have high medical expenses and who have private health insurance available, Call: 855-294-2127
  • Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)  – Healthy foods, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, health care referrals, Call: 800-994-4769
  • Wyoming National School Lunch Program (NSLP)  Provides low-cost or free lunches to school children, Call: 307-777-6280
  • Wyoming Special Milk Program  – Offers milk to children in schools, childcare institutions, and eligible camps, Call: 307-777-7168
  • Wyoming School Breakfast Program (SBP)  Provides low-cost or free meals to school children, Call: 307-777-6280
  • Wyoming Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)  – Provides free meals and snacks to help low-income children in the summer months, Call: 307-777-7168
  • Wyoming Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)  Provides healthy meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care, Call: 307-777-6262
  • Wyoming Head Start  – Comprehensive child development programs serving low-income children and their familiesCall: 307-836-2751
  • Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) Designed to help eligible low income households cover the cost of electricity, natural gas, propane, wood, diesel heating oil, coal and pellets when these are used for heating a home, Call: 800-246-4221
  • Wyoming Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) – Assists households reduce energy bills by improving energy efficiency of their homes, Call: 800-246-4221
  • Wyoming Housing Choice Voucher Program  – Helps eligible low-income households lease privately owned rental units from participating landlords, Call: Local PHA
  • Wyoming Public Housing  – Provides safe, decent, and affordable rental units for eligible low-income residents., Call: Local PHA

Food Assistance Programs, Services, and Organizations in Wyoming

Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or the Food Stamps Program as it is known by the public, is a federal program that provides grants to the States for purpose of reducing the hunger and malnutrition in all eligible households across the nation. SNAP helps provide healthy food to qualifying low-income families with children, elderly or disabled in each State of the USA, including Wyoming. Learn more about SNAP.

It is important to know that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal entitlement program funded by U.S. Government grants. Any U.S. Citizen, even some legal alien residents, will get free food assistance as long as they meet the SNAP eligibility guidelines. In other words, there is enough Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for every American that qualifies.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has many rules and they can vary from state to state and year to year. Under the SNAP federal guidelines each State operates its own version of the food assistance program.

In State of Wyoming, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP is administered by the Department of Family Services (DFS). The Federal Government pays 100% of Wyoming SNAP Benefits with federal grants appropriated for SNAP. The SNAP federal grants also pay a share of the Wyoming SNAP administrative cost.

According to the Wyoming Department of Family Services “SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the cornerstone of the federal food assistance program, and provides crucial support to needy households and to those moving from welfare to work. SNAP benefits are distributed electronically through the Wyoming Card. SNAP supports better nutrition for low income households.”

 

Who is Eligible for SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits in Wyoming?

The eligibility rules and benefit amounts in Wyoming, like in other States, are based on limited income, limited liquid resources, household size, and other requirements, some of them specific to each State. Most eligibility rules are determined by regulations issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service.

It is important to know that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal entitlement program funded by U.S. Government grants. Any U.S. Citizen, even some legal alien residents, will get free food assistance as long as they meet the SNAP eligibility guidelines. In other words, there is enough Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for every American that qualifies.

The federal law allows States some flexibility when implementing SNAP on a State level. State agencies can adapt some of the food assistance program rules in order to meet the needs of eligible, low‐income local population.

Wyoming SNAP is a food assistance program designed for individuals and families with limited income resources, who compose a household, and purchase and prepare their meals together for home consumption.

For the purpose of the SNAP program, certain people must be included in one household account even if they purchase and prepare meals separately. Husbands and wives of any household member, their children under age 22 when living together, plus children younger than 18 who are dependents of an adult household member are all considered as a part of one household formation.

In Wyoming anyone with limited income and resources may apply for food stamps but, in general, to qualify for SNAP benefits you must meet the following basic eligibility requirements:

  • Wyoming Resident – must be a U.S. Citizen or a legal resident with SNAP eligible non-citizen status;
  • Work Requirement – unless exempted, each able-bodied household member who is 16 through 59 year old must be registered to work, and accept a suitable employment offer;
  • Limited Resources – standard test requires households to have countable assets limited to $2,250 or less ($3,250 or less for households containing a member who is disabled or 60 years of age or older) – the standard resource test does not apply to categorically eligible households (inquire with DFS about details);
  • Income Limits –  Income limits eligibility depends on the household size and composition. Households with no elderly or disabled individuals must meet both standard gross (130% of federal poverty level – FPL) and net income (100% of FPL) limits. Households with elderly or disabled individuals must meet only the net income limits. Gross monthly income eligibility standards for households where elderly, disabled are a separate household is 165% of FPL – see the table below. Gross income includes wages, salaries, commissions, dividends, child support, self-employment income, unemployment compensation, social security benefits and other listed income sources.

See the table for Maximum Monthly Income allowable for SNAP benefits eligibility in State of Wyoming as per household size:

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Source: USDA, SNAP Income Eligibility Standards

 

 

Quick SNAP Eligibility Check

Use this Pre-Screening Tool to find out if you may be eligible to get Wyoming SNAP Benefits (Food Stamps).

The screening allows interested in getting Wyoming food stamps to provide some basic information and find out if they are potentially eligible for benefits.

If you use this Pre-Screening Tool you will be notified immediately on the screen if you qualify after completing the questionnaire. This is a pre-screening information, and you still have to make an application at your local Wyoming DFS office.

Even if you are unsure whether you would qualify you still may be eligible for SNAP Benefits and you should still apply. The Wyoming Department of Family Services is the agency in State of Wyoming that can make final determination regarding your SNAP application in this State and grant you benefits.

 

What are Maximum Wyoming SNAP (Food Stamp) Benefits?

If approved, the Wyoming SNAP benefit amounts depend on the household size and the amount of the their net income. USDA has maximum SNAP benefit limits per month per household size. Check below what are the maximum food stamp monetary amounts a household can get. The dollar amounts of the food stamp benefits are called allotments.

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Source: USDA, SNAP Maximum Allotments

 

How to Apply for SNAP Benefits in Wyoming?

To apply for SNAP benefits in State of Wyoming use the Application for Assistance form offered by the Department of Family Services.

Complete all required information and mail or submit the application your local Department of Family Services office. If you do not have all the information that is needed to complete the SNAP application, provide as much as you can – but you must include your name, address, social security number, and your signature for the DFS office to accept it. All required information and its verification can be provided later or upon request.

If you are eligible, your SNAP Benefits will start from the date the DFS receives your application and your household is determined as eligible. Providing more complete information initially would help the DFS office determine your eligibility more quickly.

Applicants for SNAP Benefits in State of Wyoming have the right to file an application in person, through an authorized representative, by fax, by mail. The Application for SNAP Benefits may be submitted to any local Department of Family Services (DFS) field service office in your area.

The SNAP application process includes an eligibility interview and information verification. At the interview, the DFS office workers will determine if you qualify for benefits, and if you do, they will determine the amount of your monthly benefits. You will also receive information about job requirements and your responsibilities when participating in the SNAP program.

Within 30 days of the interview, if eligible, you will receive a notice stating how much food assistance benefit and for how long your household is eligible for before a review of the case is due, along with reporting requirements.

The SNAP benefit amount depends on the household size and its net income – that is all countable income minus all allowable deductions.

If Wyoming DFS finds you eligible for SNAP benefits, you will be entitled to receive food stamps from the date your signed application was received.

 

Wyoming SNAP Benefits Approval, Rules, Proofs Required

The DFS has to verify provided information and interview you before determining if the household is eligible for SNAP Benefits.

Here are some examples of what DFS may require you to present as proof when applying for SNAP Benefits.

  • Identity
    • U.S. Passport
    • State Driver License
    • Military ID or draft record
    • Military dependent ID card
  • Citizenship
    • U.S. Passport
    • U.S. Birth Certificate
    • Citizenship ID card
    • Hospital record of U.S. birth
  • Alien Status
    • Alien Registration card
    • Naturalization certificate
  • Social Security Number
  • Earned Income
    • Check stubs for the last 30 days
    • An Employer Verification of Earnings (EVF-E)
  • Other Income:
    • Unemployment benefits
    • Social Security income
    • Student aid
    • Supplemental Security income (SSI)
    • Child Support
    • Railroad benefits
    • Rental income
    • Retirement or pension
    • Veteran Administration (VA) or military benefits
    • Trusts
    • Interests / Dividends
  • Resources
    • Cash
    • Checking accounts
    • Savings accounts
    • College funds
    • Trusts
    • IRA / 401k
    • CDs
    • Money market accounts
    • Bonds
    • Retirement fund
    • Life insurance
  • Dependent Care Expenses
  • Medical Expenses
  • Rent or Mortgage Payments – latest receipt or bill
  • Utilities – latest bills

Additional information and proof may be required depending upon your situation.

Applicants for SNAP benefits in Wyoming should get a response within 30 days from the date they submitted their application to the local DFS office. When start getting SNAP benefits, households must report any changes of their situation in a set period of time in order to assure their participation in the Wyoming SNAP Program.

SNAP regulations require all non‐exempt household members to comply with work requirements. Work requirements include registering for work, not voluntarily quitting a job, and accepting a suitable employment offer. As per federal SNAP guidelines, individuals who fail to comply with SNAP work requirements without good cause are ineligible for program benefits and disqualified from SNAP for certain periods of time, depending on how many prior instances of non‐compliance there have been.

The law limits the SNAP benefits to 3 months in a 3-year period for all able-bodied adults between the ages of 18-49 without dependents, who are not working or participating in a work program for at least 20 hours each week.

As part of the SNAP federal grant assistance requirements, each State has to offer employment and training (E&T) program to its SNAP benefits recipients. Participants in such programs, where available, can get adult education, vocational training, job skills training for specific jobs, and work experience via short-term unpaid work assignments.

Wyoming SNAP recipients may participate in Employment and Training (E&T) Program where available. Currently Wyoming SNAP Employment and Training Program operates in Converse, Laramie, Natrona, Park, Sheridan and Sweetwater counties. The program provides training and education with a goal of assisting SNAP clients to attaining a living wage career.

To find more information about the SNAP Employment and Training Program in Wyoming call: 1-877-WORK-WYO.

 

Approved! When and How Do I Get the SNAP Benefits?

Wyoming SNAP Program provides the benefits via the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system. The monetary benefits of the Wyoming SNAP Benefits are transferred to the accounts of qualified beneficiaries and are accessible through an Wyoming EBT Card, which is issued to anyone approved for SNAP benefits.  The SNAP Benefits are deposited into the recipients accounts each month following the Benefit Issuance Schedule.

Benefits are made available from the 1st to the 4th of every month, based on the first letter of the client’s last name:
First Letter of the Last Name is: A – D = benefits available on the 1st
First Letter of the Last Name is: E – K = benefits available on the 2nd
First Letter of the Last Name is: L – R = benefits available on the 3rd
First Letter of the Last Name is: S – Z = benefits available on the 4th

If you have any question regarding your EBT Account or EBT Card call Wyoming EBT Customer Service: 1-877-290-9401

 

How and Where to Use the SNAP Benefits?

When approved, Wyoming SNAP beneficiaries will get Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. Wyoming EBT cardholders may use their Wyoming EBT card in authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) stores in any of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

Check this list of Wyoming SNAP participating stores that are authorized to take EBT cards for purchasing of SNAP eligible food items. Eligible food items are any food to be eaten at home by people, including baby food, non-alcoholic beverages, and seasonings. Seeds and plants to grow food for your own family’s consumption are also allowed to be purchased with food stamp benefits. You cannot buy non-grocery items with food stamp benefits, such as cleaning products, pet food, paper products, alcohol, or tobacco.

 

I Need Food Assistance Now. It is an Emergency!

Some households may get Expedited Services – that is getting SNAP Benefits within 7 calendar days if your household has less than $150 in monthly gross income and liquid resources (cash, checking or savings accounts) of $100 or less; or your rent/mortgage and utilities are more than your household’s combined monthly income and liquid resources; or a member of your household is a migrant or seasonal farm worker. In order to get expedite assistance, if you qualify for it, provide all required information and proof as soon as possible. Call 1-307-777-5846 for more information on Wyoming SNAP Program.

 

Homeowners Assistance and Housing Programs

Wyoming – Making Home Affordable options

Making Home Affordable is a federal program designed to cover different homeowners’ hardships and financial situations. Under the program there are various options that can help Wyoming homeowners in hardship stay in their homes. Depending on the situation Wyoming homeowners in hardship can apply to lower their monthly payments, lower the interest rate on their home loan or even get principal reduction in some cases.

There are foreclosure alternatives and temporarily help for unemployed homeowners as well.

Here are some of the most used options under Making Home Affordable Program:

HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) approved housing counselor can be reached at: 888-995-4673  (Hearing impaired: 877-304-9709 TTY) to help you understand your options, prepare your application, and work with your mortgage company.

Homeowners Assistance and Housing Programs

Wyoming – Making Home Affordable options

Making Home Affordable is a federal program designed to cover different homeowners’ hardships and financial situations. Under the program there are various options that can help Wyoming homeowners in hardship stay in their homes. Depending on the situation Wyoming homeowners in hardship can apply to lower their monthly payments, lower the interest rate on their home loan or even get principal reduction in some cases.

There are foreclosure alternatives and temporarily help for unemployed homeowners as well.

Here are some of the most used options under Making Home Affordable Program:

HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) approved housing counselor can be reached at: 888-995-4673  (Hearing impaired: 877-304-9709 TTY) to help you understand your options, prepare your application, and work with your mortgage company.