Housing Authorities in Wyoming

State of Housing in WyomingWyoming received $340,815 from HUD this year for the support of 4 local homeless housing and housing service programs. Last April 2013, the Wyoming Community Development Authority (WCDA) Board of Directors approved the allocation of approximately $2.2 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and $2.8 million in HOME Investment Partnership Program funds to affordable housing developments across Wyoming. The tax credits and HOME funds, which are allocated by the WCDA through a competitive application process, will finance the development of a total of 131 rental units in six new multifamily projects.

Housing Programs in Wyoming

These housing programs in Wyoming are financed by HUD and other government agencies.

Housing for Single Mothers

HUD provides housing education for single mothers. Single mothers can consider applying for rent assistance in a private housing or avail of a unit in a public housing in Wyoming. The Habitat for Humanity is another program to consider for housing for single mothers. There are some criteria that a single mother must meet in order to get a home from Habitat for Humanity, such as ability to pay back the loan, willingness to partner with them, and so on.

Other Programs for single mothers

The government has programs to help single mothers. There’s the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a government program that provides assistance, whether involves heating or cooling. The RxHope program helps those who need certain prescriptions or medications and cannot afford them, especially single mothers. The Early Head Start Programprovides child care assistance to those who may be struggling financially to make ends meet.

Single mothers are also entitled to scholarships. Two popular ones are the Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship Program and the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low Income Women and Children. The former has beenState of Housing in Wyoming in existence for over 30 years and has helped numerous women with attending college. The latter is more recent and has been around for nearly a decade, helping single mothers with the funding they need to go to college and succeed.

Low Income Housing

In order to be eligible for HUD public housing, individuals and family groups need to comply with certain qualifications. These are: demonstrate the citizenship status, the level of income, the size of the family group, his or her age and if he or she suffers from any undergoing condition.

Low Income Housing Options: Housing Choice Voucher

Housing Choice Voucher or Section 8 Housing is one of the low income housing options offered byHUD to individuals and family groups who cannot afford buying their own house and that even find it difficult to pay their monthly rent.

HOME

The HOME Investment Partnerships program is a long term, low interest rate debt program that is most often used to finance affordable multi-family apartment projects. Wyoming Community Development Authority requires HOME funds to be repaid over a maximum 45 year period at a 3% interest rate. Projects that apply for HOME funds must go through the same competitive allocation process as Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects and must rent to tenants at or below 50% of Area Median Income.

There will be more low income housing for low income families in Wyoming. On January 31, 2013 the WCDA received 16 applications for $4,247,583 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits and $5,841,561 in HOME Investment Partnerships funds. The communities, proposed number of units and developers are as follows:

  • Afton, 16 units, Northwest Associates
  • Basin, 10 units, Northwest Associates
  • Cheyenne, 16 units, Summit Housing Group, Inc.
  • Cody, 12 units, Summit Housing Group, Inc.
  • Cody, 12 units, G.A. Haan Development
  • Cody, 12 units, Wyoming Housing Network, Inc.
  • Douglas, 10 units, Statewide Affordable Housing, LLC
  • Green River, 32 units, G.A. Haan Development
  • Greybull, 15 units, Northwest Associates
  • Jackson, 24 units, Northwest Associates
  • Jackson, 28 units, Northwest Associates
  • Laramie, 48 units, Summit Housing Group, Inc.
  • Laramie, 36 elderly units, Cornerstone Associates, LLC
  • Powell, 12 units, Summit Housing Group, Inc.
  • Powell, 12 units, Wyoming Housing Network, Inc.
  • Worland, 12 units, G.A. Haan Development

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing

State of Housing in WyomingThe HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.After determining which areas of the country have the highest number of homeless Veterans, the VA Central Office identifies VA facilities in the corresponding communities. HUD then selects PHAs near to the identified VA facilities, taking into consideration the PHAs’ administrative performance, and sends the PHAs invitations to apply for the vouchers.

Eligibility

Income limits for public housing and vouchers are set by the government.

Income Limits for Housing Subsidy in Wyoming

FY 2013 Very Low-Income (50%) Limit (VLIL)
Wyoming
Income Limit Information Median Family Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 VLIL $70,000 $25,100 $28,700 $32,250 $35,850 $38,750 $41,600 $44,450 $47,350
FY 2013 Extremely Low-Income (30%) Limit (ELIL)
Wyoming
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 ELIL $15,050 $17,200 $19,350 $21,550 $23,250 $24,950 $26,700 $28,400
FY 2013 Low-Income (80%) Limit (LIL)
Wyoming
Income Limit Information 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
FY 2013 LIL $40,150 $45,900 $51,650 $57,400 $61,950 $66,550 $71,150 $75,750

Applicants for public housing, rent subsidy, or other housing assistance must also pass a criminal background check. They may be given priority status if they are:

  • Persons who are homeless due to natural disasters.
  • Persons who are homeless due to public action.
  • Persons with emergency needs (such as domestic violence victims, persons with medical emergencies, or homeless persons facing an immediate threat to their health and safety.
  • Veterans and local residents.

Unemployment Rate in Wyoming

The unemployment rate for Wyoming fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2013 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. It peaked in October 2009 at 7.5% and is now 2.7 percentage points lower.

Unemployment RateMarch 2013Month/MonthYear/Year
National 7.6% -0.1 -0.6
Wyoming 4.8% -0.1 -0.7

The demand for housing and rent subsidy programs in Wyoming exceeds the available supply of funds and a small drop in the unemployment rate almost has an insignificant effect on the waiting lists. Please ask your housing agency and contact WCDAfor details of the programs you are interested in.