In the shadow of the glittering casinos and resorts, poverty traps Nevadans like a quicksand. Nearly 1 in every 3 single mother families live in poverty.
When things go wrong as they sometimes will, they become extremely helpless and hopeless at worst.
The state of Nevada, through a set of its own programs, assures single mothers that they have something to lean on during times of economic hardships.
The aim is to help improve their situation and encourage self-sufficiency so that they can provide for the family on their own.
Nevada TANF serves low-income families with children by providing temporary assistance1 and supportive services to help participants become self-sufficient.
There are currently on two (2) cash assistance programs available under TANF. These are
- TANF NEON
- TANF CHILD-ONLY
The New Employees of Nevada (NEON) program is for needy families with work eligible household members who are required to meet work participation requirements as a condition of eligibility; time limits do apply.
Under the Child Only program, children living with a relative, are provided cash assistance while adults in the household who are not eligible to work are not. There is no time limit associated with the receipt of TANF CHILD-ONLY.
Tribal TANF is also available in Nevada but services are limited to members or descendants of the Washoe Tribe. The Native TANF program provides temporary aid and services to Native American families that are at risk of welfare dependency.
2Nevada Self-Sufficiency Grant (SSG)
The Self-Sufficiency Grant (SSG) is a one-time cash benefit provided to non-TANF families who are either starting a job and awaiting their first paycheck, or are on temporary leave from a job.
The amount of the SSG is negotiated based on the family’s immediate need. Although it’s intended to be a one-time service, it may be provided if a new or unforeseen circumstance appropriate for another payment occurs.
SNAP helps low-income Nevada families with cash assistance to buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. Eligibility is based on income, household size, assets and some household expenses.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for SNAP is online through Access Nevada. If you have very little or no income for the month and you need help right away, you may qualify for SNAP benefits within 7 days.
If you are eligible for SNAP, you will receive your Nevada EBT Card with your monthly approved benefit amount no later than 30 working days from the date the office received your application.
Those who reside on a Nevada Indian Reservation or Colony may check with the Washoe Tribe Social Services Department for application information.
- Carson City
- Douglas County
Medicaid offers health care coverage for eligible adults & families with children whose family income is characterized as low income or very low income.
As Nevada is expanding Medicaid coverage, uninsured adults age between 19-64 with income up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL) may now gain coverage under the ACA.2
Nevada is operating a State-Based Marketplace, known as Nevada Health Link — through which you can apply for Medicaid, Nevada Check Up or other private health insurance.
Nevada Check Up is the state of Nevada’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides low-cost, comprehensive health care coverage to low income children 0 through 18 years of age who are not covered by Medicaid or private insurance.
With Nevada Check Up, there are no co-payments or deductibles. Families pay only a quarterly premium that is determined by family size and income.
Under the ACA, children with family incomes up to 200% of poverty or about $40,800 for a single mother of two are eligible for Nevada Check Up or Medicaid.
The CCDF Child Care Program assists low-income families, families receiving Nevada’s TANF and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work and earn a living.
The program subsidizes providers who care for children. The remaining cost of child care is covered by the families’ co-payments on a sliding fee basis.
Families with incomes of 75% or less of the state median income (SMI) are eligible for subsidized child care with priority given to children from TANF families.
Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary, limited income replacement to workers during periods of involuntary unemployment.
In Nevada, unemployment benefits is payable for up to 26 weeks. During that time, you must be actively engaged in efforts to seek and secure employment to be eligible to receive UI benefits.
You may file your claim using the Internet Claim filing system or using the automated system called QuickClaim by dialling the QuickClaim telephone number for your area:
- Northern Nevada
- Southern Nevada
- Rural Nevada/Interstate
Nevada Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps qualifying low-income Nevadans meet their home energy needs. The amount of assistance is based on their gross income, type of residence and annual energy usage.
Eligible households receive an annual one-time-per-year benefit called a “fixed annual credit” customarily paid directly to their energy provider(s).
The EAP program begins July 1 and applications are accepted through June 30. To apply for EAP, submit a completed application along with the required verification, either by fax or mail.
The Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG) is Nevada’s first state-supported, need-based financial aid program for low-income students attending a community college or state college within Nevada.
Funds for the SSOG program are limited and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students with the most financial need first, starting with 0 EFC up to 8500 EFC, until funds are exhausted.
To be eligible, you must enroll in at least 15 credit hours and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of 8500 or less based on your FAFSA application.
Regents Service Program is a state funded program that offers financially needy students the opportunity to work in community service jobs while still attending school. The state of Nevada pays for 100% of a student’s salary.
Preference is given to single parents who has never attended college and students who complete their FAFSA application by February 1 will be given priority consideration.
- “Assistance” is defined as cash payments, vouchers and other benefits provided to meet a family’s basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, etc.
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