Individuals in Wyoming who are struggling may be able to receive assistance from their local non-profit community action agency. The centers are part of the nationwide organization that is committed to helping the low income and working poor overcome their struggles. Many recipients of their services recently lost their jobs, are senior citizens, or they are faced with an unexpected financial hardship.
The agencies offer a number of services to qualified clients. Community action agencies can help families apply for government grants to pay their rent or energy bills. Many Wyoming centers focus on addressing housing issues, including offering eviction prevention, emergency rental help and transition housing units. In addition, case managers will provide job training, education, and other so called self-sufficiency resources.
Emergency assistance can help a family make it through a medical, economic, or some form of financial hardship. Many community action agencies offer a variety of resources and financial assistance. This can include, but is not limited to, help with paying utilities, rent, mortgage payments, security deposits, food, and even medical bills. Some may be directly offered and some is offered from referrals. Additional grants and support services available from the non-profit agencies can include transportation and help in obtaining identification or any other items to assist a person in getting a job.
Staff from each non-profit agency will work with families who are experiencing a financial crisis to assist them meet their immediate needs. They will also help them develop a plan so similar crises are prevented or at least less likely in the future. A family's exact need for assistance will be assessed and a service plan is created. All programs offered in Wyoming will have income guidelines that need to be met, even such aid as food and home repairs.
Transitional and access to permanent housing is available. This is for currently homeless individuals and families. Other low to moderate income Wyoming families may qualify as well. In addition to facilitating housing, the client can receive case management. Many agencies work with the federal government Veterans Administration to provide a comprehensive program that provides housing, case management and treatment (if needed) to homeless veterans. The transitional housing resources will offer the family affordable housing while they continue to work towards self-sufficiency.
Repairs to homes and maintenance may be offered to low income homeowners, seniors, and the disabled that need minor repairs to their homes. Any cash grants issued by the government or a community action agency will only pay for repairs, safety issues and improvements that are above the guidelines of weatherization assistance. Examples of minor home repairs that may be covered in Wyoming include roof repair, plumbing, wiring, window and door improvements, repair of entryways, cleaning and tuning heating systems, and construction. Sometimes this assistance may be issued in the form of a low interest loan.
Homelessness Prevention and rental assistance is funded from private donations and government grants. Funds and case management will assist low-income families or individuals who are at risk of eviction and becoming homeless. The emphasis of this particular program is on identifying the most pressing needs and using funds, grants or other resources in the community to meet and pay for those expenses.
Those renters in Wyoming who qualify for rental assistance/homeless prevention will work with the case manager to develop a plan to identify those behaviors that may be contributing to their current financial crisis. This Wyoming program is designed to quickly stabilize households. It is not for long term support. For something more permanent, the case manager from the agency will work with families or individuals to develop a solid support system that will encourage financial self-sufficiency. This can include a new or better paying job.
Head Start will help put children from low income families on a path to educational success. The federal government sponsored Wyoming Head Start program is comprehensive child development. It provides students and even their families with a number of social services including those below. Health Screening, Individualized Teaching, Education, Disability Services, Nutrition, and Mental Health Assistance. Your local community action agency works with schools, teachers, and volunteers to administer Head Start across the state.
Employment assistance is offered for those individuals that are receiving comprehensive case management. Clients can get assistance with resume development, job search and interviewing, accessing additional community resources, and locating affordable housing. Other classes and workshops can provide enrichment programs for the client. This can include budgeting, nutrition, credit repair, parenting and relationship building.
Adult Employment Services includes providing the opportunity for job development, employer-outreach activities, employment-seeking skills assistance, referral to skills-training projects, and employment counseling. Cash grants may even be issued to help clients purchase work related items, such as clothing or gasoline for an interview.
Other employment services include the following
Other self-sufficiency programs are available across Wyoming. Some of the names they go by can be Steps to Excellence for Personal Success or similar. Regardless of the name, the intent is for help clients make positive changes in their lives. Get help in setting goals; manage change; increase self-confidence, positive thinking, and improve your motivation.
A key service of a community action agency is providing referrals. Clients will be referred to additional community resources across Wyoming based on their individual needs. For example, other assistance and social services may also be available through non-profit agencies or government programs.
Outreach is for people who need assistance but do not know what services are available to help them. Community Services Specialists from each agency can provide information. In general, your local agency may be the best place to go, and should be your first stop, in finding resources and support. Clients can apply for any available service provided either directly by the local office or by partner agencies. For example, get help with filling out forms for public assistance, such as Kid Care, Wyoming Food Stamps, and LIEAP energy bill assistance.
Carbon County Community Action Committee
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301
Telephone number - (307) 328-2670
Community Action of Laramie County, Inc.
Address is 200 W. 17th Street, Suite 210
Cheyenne, WY 82001
Telephone number - (307) 635-9291
This non-profit covers the entire state. Apply for job training, energy/heating bill assistance, and programs such as Head Start.
Community Action Partnership of Natrona County
800 Werner Court, Suite 201
Casper, WY 82601
Community Resource Center
40 East Hart Street, PO Box 363
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834
Call (307) 684-7933 for intake
Council of Community Services
Main address is 114 S. 4-J Road
Gillette, WY 82716
Main telephone:(307) 686-2730
Counties covered - Campbell
Northwest CAP of Wyoming (NOWCAP)
500 15 Mile Road
Worland, Wyoming 82401
Main number is (307) 347-6185
Another community action agency that supports all towns and counties.
Uinta County Human Services
Location is 350 City View Drive, #200
Evanston, WY 82930
Call (307) 789-7194 for information.
Provides emergency assistance in Uinta County. Housing programs, food, referrals, and other support is offered for low income families.
Yellowstone Country Assistance Network – Park County
Main address is 661 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 1
Powell, Wyoming 82435
Call (307) 754-2073
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