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.

1Nevada Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Nevada TANF serves low-income families with children by providing temporary assistance1 and supportive services to help participants become self-sufficient.

In Nevada, there are currently on two (2) cash assistance programs available under TANF. These are


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.

  • 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.

2Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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.

If you are qualified for SNAP benefits, you will receive your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card with your monthly approved benefit amount no later than 30 working days from the date the office received your application.

3Nevada Medicaid

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 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL) may now gain coverage under the ACA.

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.

4Nevada Check Up (SCHIP)

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.

5Nevada Child Care Subsidy Program

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.

6Nevada Unemployment Insurance

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
(775) 684-0350
Southern Nevada
(702) 486-0350
Rural Nevada/Interstate
(888) 890-8211

7Nevada Energy Assistance Program (EAP)

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.

To qualify for the EAP program, you must be a resident of the state of Nevada and have an income that not exceeding 150% of the federal poverty level.

In Nevada, households with the elderly (60 years of age & older), disabled or a young child under age 6 are granted priority consideration.

8Nevada Regents Service Program

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.

9Nevada State Access Grant

Funded from both state and institutional sources, Nevada State Access Grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students demonstrating a high level of need based on their FAFSA application. Award amounts are based both on a student’s EFC and number of credits taken in a term.

  1. “Assistance” is defined as cash payments, vouchers and other benefits provided to meet a family’s basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, etc.