As those of us who call Wyoming home know well, there are some fairly large distances between our communities. Miles of sweeping sage-covered plains and rugged mountain ranges make getting to the next town tough sometimes. In winter? Even tougher, if possible at all.
Wyoming Housing Network doesn’t let those challenges stand in the way of providing excellent education, counseling and support to clients from every corner of the state. Through relying on a flexible combination of online programming, telephone calls and in-person meetings, WHN is able to ensure that clients get the help they need in a format that they can understand easily.
A recent article featured by our partner NeighborWorks America celebrated our efforts to serve rural communities with online resources. “Some may believe we still rely on the Pony Express to communicate, but Wyoming actually ranks 13th in the nation in connectivity, with more than 74 percent of residents connected to the internet in their homes. Even the most remote little towns, such as Medicine Bow with a population of 279, have internet access. This high connectivity provides WHN with an essential vehicle for overcoming the challenge of serving clients across the wide open spaces,” says our Executive Director, Jim Grenfell.
But WHN wouldn’t be able to achieve these successes alone, Grenfell is quick to add. “Despite the Internet’s vital role, WHN would not be able to reach so many prospective homeowners without strong partnerships. Community lenders, realtors and social service providers are eager to support our education programs and help people achieve their dream of homeownership. Being responsive and accessible to those partners across the state is an ongoing commitment of our education programs team.”
We’re thrilled that our online programming and flexibility has made our services available to even more families across the Equality State. We also look forward to further opportunities to develop and enhance the online services that we offer.
This article featuring WHN is one of many in the NeighborWorks America book – it’s available at the Natrona County Library, or you can check out the full article here!