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WYOMING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

Wyoming Happenings

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CALL US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS CAN NOW BE FOUND ON OUR “WYOMING EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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Business Success: Luck or Skill? Newcastle Business Roundtable

Please Join Us!
When: January 10, 2017
11:45 am – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Weston County Library
Meeting Room
23 West Main
Newcastle, WY

RSVP: Register by Noon Monday, Monday, January 9 2017 to: Susan Rezanina, susan.rezanina@sba.gov or 307-261-6520. PLEASE RSVP TO RESERVE YOUR LUNCH!!!!

Presenters: Susan Jerke, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center, and Steve Immel and Susan Rezanina of the Small Business Administration.

IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES

Presentation: Learn what the Wyoming Small Business Development Center can do for you! We help businesses succeed. Whether you are just starting out or have been in business “FOREVER” the SBDC has resources that can help. Market Research? Accounting? Sustainable Business Practices? Susan Jerke from the Gillette office of the SBDC will be here to tell you more about this valuable, FREE resource.

SBA will be presenting on a variety of available loan programs.

SPONSOR:

First State Bank provides Lunch!!!

Updated 12-16-16
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WYOMING FUN TIMES AND FESTIVALS:

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Wyoming Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency Wyoming http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
Did you know that for every five people that are eligible for SNAP in Wyoming, only three are receiving benefits? The Wyoming SNAP is taking the necessary steps to reach all people that meet the 130 percent poverty level, by reaching out to all potential individuals and families. SNAP, under the Department of Family Services (DFS), provides crucial support to needy households and to those making the transition from welfare to work. Our mission is to raise the levels of nutrition among low-income households, and provide them more nutritious foods for a better diet. SNAP follows regulations and rules established by the Federal government and the Food Stamp (SNAP) Act of 1977 as the basis for the present day program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) limits the receipt of SNAP benefits to three months in a three-year period for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) who are not working, participating in, and complying with the requirements of a work program for 20 hours or more each week, or a workfare program. Individuals are exempt from this provision if they are: under 18 or 50 years of age or older; responsible for the care of a child or incapacitated household member; medically certified as physically or mentally unfit for employment; pregnant; or already exempt from the work requirements of the Food Stamp Act. You must also have an annual household income of less than $14,079 if one person lives in the household; $18,941 if two people live in the household; $23,803 if three people live in the household; $28,665 if four people live in the household; $33,527 if five people live in the household; $38,389 if six people live in the household; $43,251 if seven people live in the household; or $48,113 if eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $4,862 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
The SNAP application can be found at the following location:
http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/economic-assistance/snap/index.html

To apply for this program, fill out the application and make an appointment to speak with a representative at your local county office:
http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/economic-assistance/snap/index.html

Program Contact Information
For questions about SNAP call: 1-800-457-3659
Visit USDA’s pre-screening tool at: http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/
For more information about the Wyoming Food Stamp Program, visit us online at: http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/economic-assistance/snap/index.html

Updated 01-06-14

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Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Managing Agency Wyoming http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
The Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) administers the Heating Assistance or Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Benefits are based on household size, household income and the type of fuel used as the primary heating source. Payments are made directly to the fuel provider. Crisis Assistance payments are available to eligible clients who are facing an emergency situation: A life or health threatening situation, deposit funds for a fuel hook-up or to avoid a shut-off, or a heating system failure during winter months are considered crisis situations. LIEAP is a Federal emergency assistance block grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

LIEAP is paid for the months of November through May. Applications are accepted October first through the last day of February of the program year. To apply for Crisis Assistance you must FIRST complete the LIEAP Application and then complete the additional Crisis Application.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $23,176
2 $30,307
3 $37,438
4 $44,569
5 $51,700
6 $58,831
7 $60,168
8 $61,505
*For households with more than eight people, add $1,337 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply, you will need the following:

The application,
Proof of your household income (earned and unearned),
A copy of your most recent utility bill,
Photocopies of ID for every person in the household, and
Proof you pay or get child support

Then, print the application, fill it out and send it all to:
LIEAP
P.O. Box 827,
Cheyenne, WY 82003

Or you may fax it to:
307-778-3943

Or you may scan and email it to:
lieapinfo@thealignteam.org

If you have questions about your application, benefit amount, or payments please call 1-800-246-4221. The application can be downloaded at: http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/

Program Contact Information
For more information on the Wyoming LIEAP program, please visit our website at: http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/

Updated 01-06-14

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Wyoming Summer Food Service
Managing Agency Wyoming http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
The Wyoming Department of Education administers the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Non-profit and for-profit organizations, schools, and camps can participate in this program and will receive funds to supplement the cost of the food that is served to the children that eat meals at the site. The amount of reimbursement the organization or school receives is based on the type of site that is being operated. Individuals can not apply for this program but children can receive good nutrition through the Summer Food Service Program.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming. The income levels for the Summer Food Service Program are determined annually by the federal government. We use these guidelines when determining reimbursement to the sponsors.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Individuals cannot apply for this program. Non-profit and for-profit organizations and schools that are interested can contact the Wyoming Department of Education for more information.

Program Contact Information
For additional information on the Wyoming Summer Food Service program, please visit the Wyoming Health, Safety, and Nutrition Division of Wyoming Department of Education at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/nutrition.aspx
To learn more about Wyoming SFSP, please call: 307-777-6263

Updated 01-06-14

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Wyoming Special Milk Program
Managing Agency Wyoming http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
The Wyoming Department of Education administers the Special Milk Program for non-profit child care centers and after school care programs and certain school situations in Wyoming. This program reimburses sponsors for milk that is consumed by the children. Individuals can not apply for this program but can participate through the childcares that they are enrolled at.

General Program Requirements
Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming.

The reimbursement levels for the Special Milk Program are determined annually by the federal government. We use these guidelines.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

You can also contact the Wyoming Department of Education. Individuals cannot apply.

Program Contact Information
For additional information on the Wyoming Summer Food Service program, please visit the Wyoming Health, Safety, and Nutrition Division of Wyoming Department of Education at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/nutrition.aspx
If you have questions regarding the SMP, please call: 307-777-6263

Updated 01-06-14

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Wyoming School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency Wyoming http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation’s children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child’s school.

Program Contact Information
For additional information on the Wyoming Summer Food Service program, please visit the Wyoming Health, Safety, and Nutrition Division of Wyoming Department of Education at: http://edu.wyoming.gov/Programs/nutrition.aspx
If you have questions about the programs, please call: 307-777-6263

Updated 10-18-13

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Wyoming Head Start
Managing Agency Wyoming Institute for Disabilities http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
The Head Start Locator provides a searchable database of Head Start programs. To apply for this program please visit the following website, which will direct you to the Head Start office nearest to you:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Program Contact Information
For more information on Wyoming Head Start, please visit: http://www.wyomingchild.org/
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the program, you can also call the Wyoming Head Start-State Collaboration Office at: 307-766-2452

Updated 03-11-13

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Wyoming Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Wyoming Department of Health http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, & children up to age five who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious supplemental foods, health and nutrition, breastfeeding education and support, and referrals to health care. The WIC program of Wyoming is administered by the Wyoming Department of Health.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming; a pregnant, breastfeeding and/or postpartum woman; an infant or child up to 5 years of age; and individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition risk.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,326 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meets the income eligibility requirement.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://www.health.wyo.gov/familyhealth/wic/WICLocatorMap.html

Program Contact Information
For more information on WIC in Wyoming, please visit their website at: http://www.health.wyo.gov/familyhealth/wic/index.html
Please see the following website for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility:
http://health.mo.gov/living/families/wic/index.php
You can also call the Community Family Health Division of the Wyoming Department of Health at: 307-777-7656

Updated 12-06-12

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Wyoming Weatherization Assistance Program
Managing Agency Wyoming http://wyoming.gov/
Program Description

The Wyoming Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides funds to the States to assist with the weatherization of the homes of low-income elderly and disabled adults and families. Applicants must meet low-income eligibility guidelines based on established Federal poverty guidelines. Activities include: insulation, storm windows, caulking, and other related activities to reduce home energy costs and increase home energy efficiency.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming.
In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $23,711
2 $31,007
3 $38,303
4 $45,599
5 $52,895
6 $60,191
7 $61,559
8 $62,927
*For households with more than eight people, add $3,820 per additional person.

If you receive Supplemental Security Income or Aid to Families with Dependent Children, you are automatically eligible to receive weatherization services.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For a Weatherization application or for more information about getting help paying your heating bill, call 1-800-246-4221. For more information about the Weatherization Program, call the office serving your county, which can be located at the following location:
http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/economic-assistance/lieap/index.html

Program Contact Information
For more information on the Wyoming WAP and the local agencies that administrate it, please visit: http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/economic-assistance/lieap/index.html

Updated 06-29-12

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Take a Coal Mine Tour

Tours are free but be certain to sign up early as space is limited.

Coal is King in Campbell County

More coal is produced in the State of Wyoming than any other state in America. The Powder River Basin in Campbell County supplies 40% of the coal used in the US and contains the largest deposits of coal in the world. Production is 436 million tons of coal annually, twice as much as the second largest producer, West Virginia, and more than the entire Appalachian region.

Coal Mines

The Powder River Basin is home to the following coal mines:
Arch Coal, Inc. – Black Thunder and Coal Creek Mines
Alpha Coal West – Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte Mines
Cloud Peak Mine – Antelope and Cordero Rojo Mines
Kiewit Mining Grouk Inc. – Buckskin Mining Company
Peabody Energy – Caballo , North Antelope Rochelle and Rawhide Mines
Western Fuels Wyoming Inc. – Dry Fork Mine
Wyodak Resources Development, Inc. – Wyodak Mine

Coal Mine Overlook

Alpha Coal, Inc. has a drive-up overlook available at their Eagle Butte Mine. Drive
north of Gillette on Hwy. 14/16 past the airport. Look for the sign and fenced-in overlook on the west side of the road. The site also features a haul truck tire, a bucket from a loader, and petrified wood. Open year-round.

High Plain Energy Equipment

Located at CAM-PLEX, old coal mining and ranching equipment are on display. The exhibit is open daily and FREE to the public.

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Wyoming Medicaid

Managing Agency Wyoming http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
Wyoming Medicaid is a joint Federal/state program established to pay for medical services for people with disabilities, people 65
years and older, children and their caretakers, and pregnant women who meet the program’s financial requirements. The purpose of
the program is to provide reimbursement for and assure the availability of appropriate medical care to persons who meet the criteria
for Medicaid.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Wyoming, a US national, citizen, permanent resident,
or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very
low income. You must also be either pregnant, a parent or relative caretaker of a dependent child(ren) under age 19, blind, have a
disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or be 65 years of age or older.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information

Please visit the Wyoming Medicaid web site for more information on the program:http://www.health.wyo.
gov/healthcarefin/equalitycare/index.html

You can call the Wyoming Office of Medicaid to learn more about this program by dialing: 307-777-7531

Updated 07-04-11

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

Managing Agency Wyoming http://wyoming.gov/

Program Description
Kid Care CHIP is Wyoming’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. The program is 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.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify, children must be Wyoming residents, U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents who have lived in the U.S. for
five years or more, age birth through the age of 18, and meet income guidelines. Children cannot have other health insurance, be
dependents of state employees, University of Wyoming employees or State Community College employees and cannot be in an
institution. (There are some exceptions to the health insurance criteria).

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply online visit https://healthlink.wyo.gov/; to request an application please call 1-877-543-7669 (1-877-KID-SNOW) or email
kidcarechip@health.wyo.gov.

Program Contact Information

To learn more about Wyoming KidCare CHIP, please visit:http://health.wyo.gov/healthcarefin/chip/index.html

Updated 07-04-11

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Program Description
Did you know that for every 5 people that are eligible for the FS program in Wyoming, only 3 are receiving benefits? The Wyoming
Food Stamp program is taking the necessary steps to reach all people that meet the 130% poverty level, by reaching out to all
potential individuals and families. The Food Stamp program, under the Department of Family Services (DFS), provides crucial support
to needy households and to those making the transition from welfare to work. Our mission is to raise the levels of nutrition among
low-income households, and provide them more nutritious foods for a better diet. The Food Stamp program follows regulations and
rules established by the Federal government and the Food Stamp Act of 1977 as the basis for the present day program. If you think
you are eligible for Food Stamps in Wyoming or if you need some help in applying, or need help managing your food budget, we
encourage you to find out more about the Food Stamp program by contacting your local DFS office. They will be able to assist you
through this process. If you want to proceed through the process, the first step is to fill out an application, or you can also call the
office and ask them to send you one. Benefits/Applications can be obtained in each of the 23 counties and are made available to
people in outlying communities and reservations. While GovBenefits.gov has the ability to pre-screen you for food stamps at a high-
level, you may also want to visit the US Department of Agriculture’s pre-screening tool to check your eligibility and determine how
much in monthly assistance you may be eligible to receive.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of Wyoming and fall into one of two groups: (1) those
with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and
checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a
disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than
$13,284 if one person lives in the household; $17,808 if two people live in the household; $22,332 if three people live in the household;
$26,856 if four people live in the household; $31,380 if five people live in the household; $35,904 if six people live in the household;
$40,428 if seven people live in the household; or $44,952 if more than seven people live in the household.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
For questions about the Food Stamp Program call:
800-457-3659

To download an application for benefits, click here:
http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/pdf/FoodStampDFS100.pdf

Press “0” after an answer is heard.

Visit USDA’s pre-screening tool at:
http://www.snap-step1.usda.gov/fns/

Any questions that you might have as you complete this application please contact your local DFS office for assistance. The address
and phone numbers for local DFS offices are listed at
http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/districts/base2.htm

For more information about the Wyoming Food Stamp Program, visit us online at:
http://dfsweb.state.wy.us/foodstampinfo.html

Managing Agency
Wyoming
http://wyoming.gov/

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