Nevada TANF

Updated June 26, 2019

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.

  • 1. TANF NEON

    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.

  • 2. TANF CHILD-ONLY

    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.

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. 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.

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

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FAQ

  • Do I qualify for TANF in Nevada?

    In order to qualify for welfare in Nevada, you must be a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident, and be unemployed or under employed with very low wages.

    You must also be a resident of the state of Nevada and be either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age.

  • How do I apply for welfare in Nevada?

    Those wishing to apply for any TANF benefit 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.

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.

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