Help for Single Mothers in NEVADA

Nevada, NV

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.

Nevada Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) #

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

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

There are currently two (2) cash assistance programs available under Nevada TANF.


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 and it's time-limited.


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.

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. A family of three in Nevada with no income is eligible for up to $386 each month.

Other benefit programs under TANF include the Self Sufficiency Grant program, the TANF Loan Program, and the Temporary Assistance (TA) program.

Nevada Self-Sufficiency Grant (SSG) #

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.

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria for TANF and sign Form 2136-EE if they choose to receive a SSG payment in lieu of ongoing TANF.

Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) #

Nevada SNAP helps low-income Nevada families with cash assistance to buy the food they need for a nutritionally adequate diet. Priority is given to the elderly and disabled, as well as families with preschool-age children.

Most families in Nevada with gross income up to 200% of the federal poverty level, about $4,143 a month for a family of three, qualify for SNAP.

What is the income limit for SNAP in Nevada?

Family Size 100% 200%
1 $1,215 $2,430
2 $1,643 $3,287
3 $2,072 $4,143
4 $2,500 $5,000
5 $2,928 $5,857
6 $3,357 $6,713
7 $3,785 $7,570
8 $4,213 $8,427

Gross income limit applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income.

How do I apply for SNAP in Nevada?

The quickest and easiest way to apply for SNAP is through Access Nevada. All initial applications received on or after July 1, 2022, will require an interview with a DWSS Family Services Specialist,

Once eligibility is confirmed, you will be able to access your SNAP benefits no later than 30 days from the date the office received your application.

Nevada Medicaid #

Nevada Medicaid offers health care coverage for eligible adults & families with children whose family income is characterized as low income or very low income.

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, an unprecedented number of Nevadans who previously were not eligible may now have access to Medicaid — including Nevadans earning over 400% of the federal poverty level.

Nevadans who have received unemployment insurance may also be able to take advantage of $0 premium plans sold on the Exchange. 1

What is the highest income to qualify for Medicaid in Nevada?

As Nevada is expanding Medicaid coverage, uninsured adults age between 19-64 with income up to 138% of the federal poverty level may now gain coverage under the ACA.

Nevada Medicaid 165% 138% 165% 138%
1 $24,060 $20,120 $24,060 $20,120
2 $32,540 $27,210 $32,540 $27,210
3 $41,020 $34,310 $41,020 $34,310
4 $49,500 $41,400 $49,500 $41,400
5 $57,980 $48,490 $57,980 $48,490
6 $66,460 $55,590 $66,460 $55,590
7 $74,940 $62,680 $74,940 $62,680
8 $83,420 $69,770 $83,420 $69,770

A 5% disregard based on the federal poverty level (FPL) for the household size is applied and is reflected in the amounts shown above.

How do I apply for Medicaid in Las Vegas/Nevada?

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 (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.

Under the ACA, children with family income up to 205% of poverty are eligible for Nevada Check Up. For a single mother of two, that's about $50,960 or less.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $29,890
  • 2 $40,430
  • 3 $50,960
  • 4 $61,500
  • 5 $72,040
  • 6 $82,570
  • 7 $93,110
  • 8 $103,650

A 5% disregard based on the federal poverty level (FPL) for the household size is applied and is reflected in the amounts shown above.

How much is Nevada Check Up?

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. Quarterly premiums are either $25, $50, or $80 and are charged per family, not per child.

Nevada Child Care Fund #

The State of Nevada has launched the new Nevada Child Care Fund to assist 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.

Eligibility for child care financial assistance has expanded. Families with an income of 85% or less of the State Median Income (SMI) are now eligible.

How do I apply for child care assistance in Nevada?

Families may apply for child care assistance for their child and receive a formal evaluation through Access Nevada.

Please note that your application will be forwarded to Las Vegas Urban League if you are applying from Southern Nevada, Clark and Nye County. All other counties applications will be sent to The Children’s Cabinet.

Northern & Rural Nevada
The Children's Cabinet
(775) 856-6200

Southern Nevada
Las Vegas Urban League
(702) 473-9400

Nevada Unemployment Insurance #

Nevada Unemployment Insurance provides temporary, limited income replacement to workers during periods of involuntary unemployment.

In Nevada, you must have earned at least $400 in one quarter of the base period, and

  1. have total base period earnings of not less than 1.5 times the earnings in the highest quarter, or
  2. must have wages in at least 3 of the 4 base period quarters used to calculate eligibility.

A maximum of 26 weeks of your full weekly benefit amount is all that can be paid in one benefit year unless benefits are extended by law.

During that time, you must be actively engaged in efforts to seek and secure employment to be eligible to receive UI benefits.

How much unemployment will I get in Nevada?

The benefit amount that you will receive depends on how much you have earned in your base period. Typically the weekly benefit amount in Nevada is from $16 to $585.

How do I file my weekly unemployment claim in Nevada?

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

If you are eligible to receive unemployment compensation, you should start receiving a check within 2 to 3 weeks after filing the initial claim.

Nevada Energy Assistance Program (EAP) #

Nevada Energy Assistance Program (EAP) helps qualifying low-income households meet the costs of home heating during the winter and cooling during the summer.

The amount of energy 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 providers.

The annual one-time credit can range from $240 to $3,136 per benefit year depending on the total household income and energy costs.

What is the income limit for energy assistance in Nevada?

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $1,823
  • 2 $2,465
  • 3 $3,108
  • 4 $3,750
  • 5 $4,393
  • 6 $5,035
  • 7 $5,678
  • 8 $6,320

How do I apply for Nevada Energy Assistance Program?

Nevada has a combined year-round heating and cooling program. 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 through any of the EAP office that serves your area.

Nevada Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) #

Nevada LIHWAP provides financial assistance for low-income households in Nevada who have fallen behind on their water and wastewater bills. Eligible households may receive a one-time benefit paid directly to their utility providers.

To be eligible for LIHWAP, a household must have an income not exceeding 150% of the federal poverty level. Priority will be given to households that have been disconnected or are at risk of being disconnected.

  • Family Size Income Limit
  • 1 $1,823
  • 2 $2,465
  • 3 $3,108
  • 4 $3,750
  • 5 $4,393
  • 6 $5,035
  • 7 $5,678
  • 8 $6,320

How do I get help with my water bill in Nevada?

If you are in danger of falling behind on your water bills and need help, you must complete and submit your application through any of the EAP office that serves your area.

Nevada Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG) #

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.

The maximum annual award for students in 12 credits for each of two semesters is $4,400. However, funds are first awarded to students enrolled in at least 15 credits.

Financial need is based on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is determined through completion of the FAFSA.

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.

Nevada 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.


  1. Nevada Health Link. Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Thanks to the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, Nevada Health Link is offering more money to help pay for your coverage.

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