CSBG Programs & Services
We are the eligible entity in Park County Wyoming and have administered the CSBG grant in Park County Wyoming since 2007. CSBG programs are focusing on providing the low-income the services they need to overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency and obtaining and achieving outcomes as a result of such services. In October 2018 we will expand these services to Big Horn, Washakie, and Hot Springs Counties.
CSBG Individual & Family Services
Park County CSBG Self-Sufficiency Program
Clients who are enrolled in self-sufficiency and/or case management programs to evaluate and overcome their hurdles are referred to YCAN by “community partner agencies” that have an agreement with YCAN to provide emergency financial assistance directly their case management clients who agree to meet certain outcome measures. These agencies have been identified as those who serve the most at-risk low-income population in Park County such as; Park County Supervised Treatment Program participants; Crisis Intervention Services domestic violence clients; and clients of healthcare clinics or self-suffiency programs providing services to low-income individuals and families.
Park County CSBG Education & Employment Opportunity Assistance
This program at YCAN is geared to reducing barriers to post-secondary education and to serve the community of Park County, Wyoming by building communities and changing lives. Funding is provided by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) grants-in-aid funds for permanent Park County Low-Income individuals who lack formal education and have no previous degree or marketable skills necessary to compete for or obtain employment. We have assistance available to help with the following expenses that are not being paid by another return to work or education programs. **Please note this program does not pay off any debt associated with obtaining an education. All assistance must be for current expenses.Click here to apply for the Education & Employment Opportunity Assistance Program
Big Horn, Washakie, & Hot Springs Counties Emergency Assistance Program Coming in October 2018
Our agency will provide emergency financial assistance in Big Horn, Washakie, & Hot Springs Counties. This service will be for very low-income (100% of FPL or lower) at-risk youth, adults, seniors, families, & the disabled who experience emergency situations that threaten their self-sufficiency.
Services in the form of Emergency financial assistance to obtain: Transportation; Childcare; Eldercare; Identification Documents; Housing; Emergency Clothing; Employment; Education & Cognitive Development services will be available beginning in October of 2018 through September 30, 2019.
We are unable to begin work on this project or serve clients these counties until we are under contract with the Wyoming Community Services Program at the Wyoming Department of Health in October 2018. Please visit this NOWCAP link for an application services for these counties until September 3oth 2018
Application for Emergency Assistance- Coming October 2018
Child Support Information & Referrals
As Community Services Block Grant recipients each agency is required to: Inform custodial parents in single-parent family that participate in our programs about the availability of child support services; and refer eligible parents to child support office of the State and local governments.
The Child Support Program uses contract and county field offices along with state personnel to find parents, establish paternity, establish child support and medical support orders, enforce child support and medical support orders and modify existing orders. They also receive and disburse child support payments. They serve any person who fills out an application and pays a $25 application fee, and our services are not based on income. In addition, we receive case referrals when folks apply for public assistance or parents have a child in the custody of DFS.
Clearinghouse on Available Resources & Information
Park County Low-income consumers and other individuals indicated to the board that they lack knowledge of resources to meet their problems or lack information on services. At YCAN we strive to be a clearinghouse on available resources and information. (Found in our Articles of Incorporation) click here for Online Community Resources.
Barbara Correll Lending Library at YCAN
Yellowstone Country Assistance Network is also home to the Barbara Correll lending library. Barbara was an instrumental Board President who oversaw the implementation and policies which established the emergency assistance programs operated by YCAN. In 2010, at the request of Barbara the Board acquired a resource library available to our community partners, subcontractors, and especially the community we serve, Park County! Barbara donated countless hours to poverty alleviation in Park County Wyoming. She believed that nobody knew what the residents of Park County needed, better than the residents of Park County. That remains true today, each year are programs and projects are evaluated and modified with the communities input so we may better serve our clients. We will forever be grateful for her service to the YCAN board.
Community Needs Assessments
One of the community services we provide free of charge is a community needs assessment conducted every three (3) years for the counties we serve, funding for this is provided for by CSBG grant as is a federal requirement. As part of this assessment we include low income individuals’ participation as well as customer satisfaction data to gather qualitative data. The assessment also provides quantitative data we collect on current data specific to poverty and its prevalence related to gender, age, race/ethnicity for their service area(s). The final reports are posted on our website and used by many organizations, governments and individuals seeking grant or other funding for community programs and services. The final report will show key findings on the causes and conditions of poverty and the needs of the communities assessed as well as a ranking of the community’s current poverty needs. The board utilizes these rankings in determining CSBG funding priorities each year. Link to Our Community Needs Assessments
Community Outreach & Partnerships
The low-income population has a limited number of resources to address their basic needs (Making Better Use of Available Income) such as job skill development, finding and obtaining employment, affordable housing, accessible non-emergent healthcare, education supports, YCAN will partner with other local agencies in an effort to develop or expand upon programs which will respond to the needs of low-income population.
2019 Community Stakeholder Survey/ Coming Soon!
Training, Seminars, & Workshops
Provide workshops and training that this organization runs or co-sponsors with other organizations for organizational development, board and staff training in the understanding and development of running an organization and programs for people of low to very low-income (children, adults, seniors and physically and mentally disabled). Please visit our events calendar or Community Services Network of Wyoming events
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