According to an article published in the journal of American City & County in march of 2009 found that a weak economy, lack of affordable housing, and increases in food and fuel costs contributed to marked increases in the demand for emergency shelter and food assistance Comparing Community Services Offered to the Homeless in Wyoming Vincent Hochstatter with Michelle Jarman University of Wyoming College of Health Science PROPOSED RESEARCH PROJECT Introduction Objective of the Study Methods and Data Analysis Importance of the Study An article published in the Journal of American City &County in March of 2009 found that a weak economy, lack of affordable housing, and increases in food and fuel costs has contributed to marked increases in the demand for emergency shelters and food assistance programs (Gentile 2009). The National Coalition for the Homeless in 2002 estimated that there were currently 800,000 homeless people in America and that 2.5 to 3.5 million Americans will experience homelessness at some point in their life (Markos et 2004). The objective of the study is to identify and compare the services offered in two or more communities in Wyoming in order to uncover services that are not met in each community as well as significant barriers to access for those needing services. Methods will include a questionnaire and an interview with directors of homeless shelters and agencies that serve people in financial and situational emergencies. Data will be analyzed by comparing the number of services offered, financial resources available to the agencies and those in need, identifying the sources of funding and common barriers faced by each organization. The importance of the study is to evaluate the accessibility and effectiveness of community services offered in Wyoming. This study may possibly identify the need for more agencies as well as the need for more funding for community services offered in the state of Wyoming. Statement of the Problem This study will examine community services offered to people who are homeless and to people who are in financial emergency situations in two or more communities in Wyoming. Interfaith Good Samaritan Laramie Wyoming University of Wyoming McNair Scholars Staff, Michelle Jarman PhD ; Gentile, A. (2009). More families need help: Cities report that the foreclosure crisis is contributing to the homeless population and demand for food aid. American City & County, 124(3), 12. ; Markos, P., & Strawser, S. (2004). The relationship between learning disabilities and homelessness in adults. Guidance & Counseling, 19(2), 46-56.