A wide number of programs are offered by Family Resource Centers. Some are available from referrals to local non-profits, and other resources are available directly by the centers. There are several locations, and they all focus on residents of the portion of the counties where they live. In these cases, the staff from the agency can help the individual apply for them.
The services address a number of needs. Whether it is money to deal with a crisis situation, such as unpaid utility bills or back rent, or employment expenses, there may be aid available. Other support may be vouchers to acquire clothing or maybe a ride to a job interview. Other programs in Clark County include, but are not limited too, shelter, groceries from a food pantry, and more.
Federal government grants are part of Emergency Food and Shelter. There are non-profits in the service territory that will offer direct assistance for housing expenses (such as rent or mortgage payments) and utilities (including water and electric bills). Clients who qualify must be determined to have a one-time crisis situation by staff from Family Resource Centers (FRC). These funds available from the federal government are used to supplement energy costs, feeding, shelter, and rent/mortgage expenses.
The funds can be used to pay for certain types of bills in an emergency. The assistance is for individuals and it can help them with payment of delinquent utility bills (including gas, water, or electricity). Other uses of Emergency Food and Shelter include housing needs, food/nutrition, clothing, and even expenses incurred in the event of fires. Proof of eligibility is required for program participation, and participants will also need to enroll into budget counseling to prevent future recurrence of homelessness.
Shelter will be a form of short term housing, but the goal is to assist families to become self-sufficient. The comprehensive activities arranged by Family Resource Centers include the development of daily living skills, individual social service care plans, case management, employment counseling and an understanding of the causes of homelessness. The aim is to prevent the homeless event from reoccurring in the future.
More distinct Homelessness Prevention Programs are available across Clark County. These will provide financial assistance to low-income families who are being evicted. There can be loans used for paying back rent costs or other expenses. Homeless prevention will also assist people who lose their rental housing due to a temporary financial problem through no fault of their own. Other focus is n coordinating foreclosure counseling in the greater Las Vegas Nevada region.
General financial aid and referrals are available with the goal to prevent poverty and homelessness. Family Resource Centers are focused on lifting families out of poverty conditions. So they offer, and partner with groups, on a delivery system to offer both case management and cash assistance to needy clients. Most of the funds are raised by donations or the state of Nevada.
The purpose is to provide a range of activities that will have a measurable impact on causes of poverty in the community. So staff will infidelity the cause and work to tackle it. There is support for a wide range of people, including migrants, homeless individuals and families, single moms and the elderly poor.
Services provided will tackle employment needs. This can even be for those in Clark County who have no job skills or training. Family Resource Centers will also try to arrange transportation which is essential in becoming employed. Some of what may be available for job related needs are as follows. Clients can benefit from the purchase of uniforms, government grants to paying for licenses/physicals, volunteers can assist with one-time payment for transportation to employment sites for interviews, and assist with the purchase of books, uniforms. Much more can be arranged as well.
Applications to LIHEAP - Home Energy Assistance Program are arranged. This resource is funded by federal and state governments. LIHEAP serves low-income families and individuals, in particular the elderly or homes with children. The program will offer individuals financial assistance to pay utility bills. If necessary, guidance will be given by staff from Family Resource Centers to complete the application.
One key service is IDA - Individual Development Account. This is a program designed to encourage working poor persons to participate into a matched savings program. So staff from Family Resource Centers will offer information on opening a bank account and applications for IDA. The accumulated savings can be used for education or business ownership. Other components of it include case management, financial literacy training, as well as access to non-profit credit counseling.
Financial Education classes across Las Vegas and the County focus on basic banking and money management. They are often held by non-profit credit counseling agencies. Workshops include budgeting, savings and investment, understanding predatory loans, and more. Participants learn the benefits of saving and are encouraged to open accounts.
Education is arranged from GED classes as well as services such as English as a Second Language. These classes, and many others, are available for immigrant and limited English-speaking adults. There is also support from Family Resource Centers for the under education, senior citizens, and really anyone in Clark County who wants to gain new skills. There will be beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of education.
The main Family Resource Centers are as follows.
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