Wyoming lags behind most of the country when it comes to bringing in support for its homeless population. But Governor Matt Mead (R-Wyoming) says the Cowboy State is changing that.
Mead says the state has lacked proper coordination between government and private entities needed to address homelessness. So Brenda Lyttle was appointed as the statewide homelessness coordinator earlier this month, and she will start by identifying every homeless program in Wyoming.
"So we've designated that. And then we're going to get a 10 year plan. And when you have a 10 year plan, it allows you to put in for more grants, particularly from the federal government on addressing homelessness in your own state," said Mead.
The state will also apply for a grant to obtain an information system that would track characteristics of homeless people. That should address what leaders at Volunteers of America say is a major problem.
"One of the challenges that faced homeless providers in Wyoming has just been being able to substantiate data to help support efforts to acquire resources," said Heath Steel with Volunteers of America.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development claims there are close to 2,000 homeless people living in Wyoming.