Various sources of federal government funding can help Clark County families that are threatened with an eviction or that are homeless. There maybe money from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, ESGs, and other sources. More information of the various programs are below.
The non-profits across the region have to apply for the funds each year. The process will often involve action that needs to be taken by regional groups such as the United Way of Southern Nevada or Continuum of Care affiliated agencies. The final decision of what is available in the community as a form of homeless prevention is made by the United states Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as they will often provide the Las Vegas region with the majority of funding in some cases.
There are no restrictions to race, religion, age, or other factors. Any tenant that is facing an eviction, homeowner behind on their mortgage, or someone living in a shelter or transitional housing unit can seek assistance.
The agencies in Las Vegas need to follow all government guidelines on what the funds can pay for. The grants can be used to pay for programs such as for providing legal aid to mediate a landlord/tenant dispute, rent help, and pay for shelter or temporary housing. Other uses of the Emergency Food and Shelter money may be for motel vouchers and other housing expenses.
Eviction prevention is one service. This will prevent struggling families and individuals from becoming homeless. When applying for this form of assistance, an interview will take place with the tenant.
If after this application process is completed, if the problem is of non-monetary nature, such as the landlord evicting a family due to noise disturbance or a violation of the lease agreement, then lawyers can go over the situation with the family. The attorneys in Clark County will try to find a solution that allows the family to remain together, living in the same home or apartment.
If a tenant is in rent arrears, and this caused the landlord to send a pay or quit notice, then the assistance for stopping the eviction is more limited. While Emergency Solution Grants (ESG) can help, this form of financial aid is limited. The funds often run out. Also, the applicant needs to be able to pay future costs so they are not back in the same situation the following month.
Evictions can also be caused by unpaid utility bills. The McKinney Veto Act will consider a family to be homeless if they do not have electricity or water service. So some of the grants available in Clark County Nevada may be able to pay a portion of utilities. Or a Continuum of Care affiliated agency may try to help the client enter into a payment plan with their provider.
Clark County rapid rehousing assistance is for the currently homeless. Any resident that is applying needs to meet the formal definition of being homeless by the HUD McKinney-Vento Act. This could mean they are living in a shelter, on the streets, were just evicted from an apartment, or are living in an unsafe area. This can even extend to a women or child fleeing from a domestic violence situation.
In order to receive help from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the applicant needs to also show they are otherwise stable. This means they need to show they could sustain a lease agreement in private market housing with only very little support from a Las Vegas agency.
Based on qualifications and government funding levels, Emergency Solutions Grants may help residents that were evicted in the past or have other challenges similar to these instances. If there is money provided, it is limited and can be used for some or all of the following costs.
Utility needs can be met as rehousing too. This will include turning electricity or water on. So ESG can help with paying those deposit costs or application fees, and there may also be referrals to telephone programs such as Lifeline.
For those that were evicted and have found a new apartment to live in, the Clark County grants can help pay for moving costs as well as security deposits. This type of assistance will require the client to have an income so they can afford future rental costs.
Additional support is part of the rehousing or eviction prevention process. This ranges from money management to household budgeting workshops, help in resolving personal credit issues, and legal aid to help the tenant understand the landlords lease agreement. So many needs are addressed.
The availability of funds in Clark County is very limited. For referrals and to start the process, dial 1-866-535-5654 for information.
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