Nevada TANF

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

There are currently five different benefit programs under Nevada TANF. Two programs are considered assistance by federal definition and three are considered non-assistance programs.

If you qualify for more than one category, you have the option to choose which program you wish to receive.


The New Employees of Nevada (NEON) program, the state’s work program, is for needy families with work-eligible household members.

As a condition of eligibility, participants are required to create a Personal Responsibility Plan and comply with the required work-related activities.

Receipt of TANF NEON is, however, limited to 24 months only, with some exceptions for hardship cases.


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 #

Self-Sufficiency Grant (SSG) is a one-time lump-sum payment designed to help families with a temporary, non-recurring situation associated with employment.

Eligibility is directly aimed at families who are either starting a job and awaiting their first paycheck, or are on temporary leave from a job.

Temporary Assistance #

Temporary Assistance (TA) is only available to families experiencing an unforeseen crisis situation such as a flood, earthquake, etc and is limited to no more than four months.

TANF Loan #

This program provides eligible families a monthly cash payment to meet the family’s immediate basic needs only if they have a future source of income to pay off the loan. Time limits do apply.

Tribal TANF #

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.


How much do you get for TANF in Nevada? #

How much money you get for TANF in Nevada largely depends upon your family’s income and size. For example, a family of three in Nevada with little or no income is eligible for up to $386 each month.

Do I qualify for TANF in Nevada? #

To qualify for TANF in Nevada, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Be a resident of the state of Nevada.
  3. Be unemployed or under employed for very low wages.
  4. Be pregnant or have a child under age 19.
  5. Have countable income within certain limits.

What is the income limit for TANF in Nevada? #

Parents with children whose family income is below 100% of the poverty level, about $2,072 per month for a family of three, are eligible during the initial three months.

The limit gradually decreases to 85% for the next three months, 75% for the subsequent three months, and finally 65% for the fourth three-month period.

How do I apply for welfare in Nevada? #

Families wishing to apply for any TANF benefit in Nevada may do so at ACCESS Nevada, DWSS’s online electronic application.

Upon receipt of your application, an interview will be set up to review your eligibility, either in person (face-to-face) or over the phone.

You may also apply in person at the local DWSS district office nearest to you. An eligibility decision is usually made within 45 days from the date of your application.

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