[Hpn] wyoming winds for may

Virginia Sellner wch@vcn.com
Wed, 17 May 2000 15:36:18 -0600


May 2000
Wyoming Winds
Voices of the Winds of Change
Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless
P. O. Box 1232
Cheyenne, WY 82003-1232
307-634-8499
email:   wch@vcn.com

IN THIS ISSUE:  
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National Low Income Housing Coalition Membership Drive
Morgan's Activist Daily (MAD) Brown Bag e-zine
Poverty Dialogues
Wyoming Kid Care
Rural School is Now Wired to the World

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National Low Income Housing Coalition

The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless is an organizational member and a
participant in the larger efforts of the National Low-Income Housing
Coalition, located in Washington, DC.   We urge you to join us by
becoming organization or individual members of this critical
organization.  

The NLIHC agenda addresses all low-income housing issues, including
preservation of existing housing stock and resources for production of
new housing, increasing the number of low-income people who receive
housing assistance, and assuring access to scarce housing assistance
resources for people who receive housing assistance and assuring access
to scare housing assistance resources of people with the greatest need. 
NLIHC is an active presence on Capitol Hill, regularly and forcefully
asserting the perspective of low-income people and affordable housing in
the housing policy debate.

When you join the National Low  Income Housing Coalition, you will
receive "Memo to Members," a weekly e-mail or fax summary of current and
critical Washington information.  It is a highly readable, fact-filled,
no frills publication that connects us to valuable knowledge we need to
be effective housing advocates.  "Point of View," the weekly column from
the president, Sheila Crowley, is a must read for reflective and
creative thinking about housing and community development. 

The National Low Income Housing Coalition serves as the information and
advocacy hub for all state coalitions, helping housing advocates to
connect and learn from one another.  In short, we urge you to join the
National Low Income Housing Coalition.  As a NLIHC member, you will both
benefit from and support this vial housing policy advocacy
organization.  The NLIHC is the national voice of all low income people
who need affordable housing.

To join this most worthwhile organization go to http://nlihc.org

Morgan's Activist Daily Brown Bag Available from
morganbrown@hotmail.com    Back issues or samples of MAD Brown Bag are
available on direct request.   This is an outstanding e-zine full of a
lot of different worth while information on homelessness, self-advocacy,
mental health,  and disabilities. 
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Poverty Dialogues

Poverty Dialogues have been held in Cheyenne, around Wyoming and the US
over the past couple of months, attempting to develop permanent
solutions to poverty.   

Recently a state-wide meeting was held in Cheyenne and results from
around the state were shared.

Gary Maier, Wyoming Community Service manager reported that on the Wind
River Indian Reservation, more than 74 percent of the people fall below
the poverty line.   Fremont County is an economic disaster, and those on
the reservation are the last to find employment.

Carma Harston, Executive Director of Campbell County Council of
Community Service reported that one-sixth of the residents are poor.
Campbell County is presently in a boom situation and there are no places
for low income people to live.              `    

The lack of healthcare for low income people can lead them into debt or
homelessness.  If they have a minor medical or dental problem they will,
because of the lack of funds, often go untreated.  If the problem
escalates then they miss work, and have less pay, fail to pay rent or
other bills, and the downward spiral begins.

Paying for childcare is another obstacle for those in poverty who are
looking for work.   Frequently low-income single parent women cannot
find a job that will pay them a living wage and provide enough funds for
childcare.  They are trapped in the welfare system until they are taken
off  the rolls by the reforms in the system, and can frequently end up
homeless.

These issues and others will be addressed at the National Dialogue Town
Hall Meeting in Washington, D. C. in June.

Source:  Wyoming Tribune/Eagle, May 17, 2000,  Erin Hottenstein 

Wyoming Kid Care

Kid Care is a state and federally funded program designed to provide
health care insurance benefits to children whose families are over the
federal poverty level but can't afford private health insurance.   

7 pilot programs have been developed in Wyoming.  The Wyoming Department
of  Health's Child Insurance programs section coordinates the program.
Families with incomes 133 percent above the poverty level - currently a
before-tax income of $1,890 for a family of four - can have their
children signed into the program with a simple nine-question form.

Eligibility for Kid Care includes:
must be a U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant.
must be a Wyoming resident.
must not be eligible for Medicaid.
cannot have had insurance during the past month unless it was
involuntarily canceled.
must not be in a public institution.

Applications are available at the Department of Family Services field
offices, county health departments, schools and hospitals.

Source:  Wyoming Tribune Eagle,  May 17, 2000, Deidre Forster. 

RURAL SCHOOL IS NOW WIRED TO THE WORLD

In an extremely rural central Wyoming Elementary School, Diamond Forbes
is the only student. Yet, with her teacher and an iMac computer with
Internet access at her side, Diamond is anything but disadvantaged. Now
that Wyoming has become the first state to provide every one of its
public schools with Internet access the disadvantages of isolation have
been neutralized. This is a significant accomplishment considering that
of Wyoming's 234 elementary schools, 19 have less than 10 students.
Wyoming, with its small wired schools, has provided an enviable learning
environment with an incredibly low student-to-teacher ratio matched by a
statewide average of eight students for every computer. Gov. Jim
Geringer, who passed the legislation to wire every public school says,
"Every child in Wyoming now has the opportunity to develop to his or her
own potential.

"SOURCE: New York Times, AUTHOR: Michael Janofsky