Las Vegas and Clark County Assistance Programs.

Social Services Department, Clark County

This assistance program provides a variety of assistance services and aid for needy residents of Clark County and Las Vegas. It helps those that are not assisted by other federal, state, or local government assistance programs. Social Services goal is to provide financial and medical assistance, child care assistance, protective services for seniors, regulation of child care facilities, help with rent and utility bills, and more. Phone (702) 455-4270.

Rental assistance

You can receive rent help from a Clark County Social Service rental assistance program that offers $400 a month towards payments. The number Las Vegas and Clark County families using the rental assistance program increased from 23,400 during the six-month period from September 2007 to February 2008 to almost 36,000 during the same six months a year later. This is equal to a 54 percent increase in people needing help. Applicants to the rent assistance program can apply for the grants and checks up to three times a year. Call (702) 455-4270 to learn more, or if you do not qualify for this program, find additional rental assistance programs.

Emergency food pantry and assistance

Lutheran Social Services Of Nevada provides food and other assistance to those in need. People of all religions and faiths can receive help. In addition, they also provide holiday food programs, seasonal items, and eve a school backpack program. The program also provides direct financial employment support, employment related transportation assistance, rental assistance, and utility bill assistance when funds are available. Dial 702-639--1730 to learn more.

Transportation, rent and utility assistance

In addition to the food assistance above, Lutheran Social Services Of Nevada (phone number 702-639--1730) also provides help with rent, utility bills, and transportation when they have funds to do so. They will also provide counseling.




Mortgage and foreclosure programs

Las Vegas and Clark County have been hit hard by the housing crisis. However there are many different options and programs in place that people can turn to, that may be able to help. Nevada has instituted a new foreclosure mediation process, the federal government is providing aid, banks such as Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase have foreclosure prevention programs, and people can even learn how to delay a foreclosure.

In addition, borrowers in Las Vegas can also get free legal assistance to help them resolve a foreclosure issue that they may be facing. Learn more.

Also turn to Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada, Inc. if you need free foreclosure counseling, money for a down payment for a home, or access and information on other programs. This Las Vegas based group can be reached at (702) 649-0998.

Housing Help for Nevada helps Clark County and Las Vegas homeowners by offering free foreclosure intervention services to those who are behind on their mortgage or who face imminent danger of foreclosure. 702-804-9777.

If you need help reducing credit card or medical debts, or need additional free foreclosure counseling, then homeowners and those in debt have other options. A number of non-profit organizations offer resources to help people get back on track with their finances. Find more Las Vegas credit counseling agencies.

Debt and foreclosure help

Another non-profit agency that can provide both foreclosure and debt help is Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Southern Nevada. They can help people deal with credit card and medical debt. On the other hand, if a Cook County homeowner is facing foreclosure, the counselors can guide borrowers through the process and offer them access to foreclosure prevention programs. Dial (702) 364-0344 for both mortgage or debt help, or credit card help and more information on credit card assistance programs.




Help with rent for veterans

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing about $1.5 million in funds that are to be used for rent help, and the vouchers are being provided through the HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. The Clark County Housing Authority ((702) 451-1602) is set to receive the federal grants, which are to be used as rental assistance that was created under a supportive housing program for homeless veterans. The governments HUD-VASH rental assistance is a giant step in the right direction for helping our veterans and service members who need the aid.

Through the HUD-VASH, public housing authorities and other organizations all across the country provide permanent supportive housing and they employ dedicated VA case managers for an estimated 10,000 homeless veterans in the Las Vegas area. The Clark County Housing Authority is receiving $1,494,483 for the program as part of the total of $75 million in funds that are being awarded at this time through the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which is part of the Obama stimulus program.

Las Vegas and Clark County programs and agencies that cover the entire state

In this section get information on various agencies and assistance programs that provide foreclosure counseling, utility assistance, rent and housing help, mortgage, and other aid to Clark County and Las Vegas residents.

Get rent help in Las Vegas

Economic Opportunity Board Of Clark County may have funds or advice for paying rent, as the board was established to assist low-income people to become self-sufficient and improve their quality of life. (702) 647-3307.

A number of housing programs are meant to help families and individuals who have lost their
Jobs, have had a reduction in income or can't make their rent payments. Each resource in the Las Vegas and Clark County region will have its own restrictions and qualifications that need to be met. However in general money can be used to provide for rent assistance, pay for moving costs, security deposits, and possibly other housing costs such as mortgage payments, or any expense that is related to the transition into a new home or that helps someone save their current home.

Priority is often given to the elderly, women, families with children, and people who have lost their jobs and who may be in danger of losing their home or being evicted.  Some of the non-profit agencies and/or churches to call for emergency rental assistance include United Family Community Services (phone (702) 649-5995) as well as Nevada State Welfare Division ((800) 992-0900) to name but a few. Organizations may provide cash for housing expenses, referrals, or government aid like section 8 housing vouchers.





Funds for paying rent and tenant counseling services may be administered by other agencies in Las Vegas and the county. Qualified families can turn to churches, charities, and other social service agencies. The homeless may also be able to locate help with paying a security deposit. Find the phone numbers and addresses of a few dozen other programs and non-profits to apply to for more rent help in Las Vegas and the surrounding region.

Clark County Salvation Army

This agency, which can be reached at (702) 870-4430 offers numerous programs and services to people who need help. Among other things, the Salvation Army offers direct emergency assistance and cash grants to individuals and families, including free clothing, utility bill and air conditioning assistance, food, employment cards, transportation and medical prescriptions. The Pathways program they run will assist those clients who are lacking resources to meet their needs for preventative and medical services, prescription drug medications, health concerns and physical exams. Click here for more details.

Emergency crisis and financial assistance

The Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada (CCSN) has many programs. They can help with a multitude of concerns that people may face in their daily lives. For example, access job finding services, rent help, access to food pantries. and referrals to other Nevada and government programs. Call the charity organization at (702) 385-2662 to apply for help. Find more rent assistance programs.

This agency is one of the leading non-profits in Clark County, Henderson Nevada, and the southern part of the state. Individuals of all races, religions, and backgrounds may receive emergency financial counseling and support services. Some resources provide cash assistance, and others may be non-monetary, such as food and vouchers for medications. More Catholic Charity Las Vegas programs.

Supportive Services to Maintain Stability – This program takes callers only on Monday morning. Applicants need an appointment. For those with a proven hardship, but that have the capability to assist themselves, there may be help on site. This includes emergency rent assistance, free food, homeless prevention, and funds for security deposits. There may also be zero interest loans, bus passes, job training, and more. Clients need to otherwise be self-sufficiency but facing a onetime crisis. Aid is limited. 702-639-1730

River Fund – Provides support only to residents in Laughlin, Nevada and Ft. Mohave, Bullhead City and Mohave Valley. Transportation, rent help, utility assistance, and other housing programs are administered. 55 Civic Way, Laughlin, NV 89029, dial 702-298-0611

Nevada Partners covers the Henderson Nevada portion of Clark County. The non-profit may have security deposit, energy bill, or other forms of rent assistance. Call the Henderson site at 702-924-2100.

HELP of Southern Nevada is another non-profit that helps thousands of people per year. They offer assistance that ranges from weatherization programs, to holiday gifts and meals, free food, and even the occasional assistance for paying energy bills. The agency can be contacted at (702) 369-4357. They do their best to better serve the poor, the homeless, unemployed and those in crisis who come to the agency as a place of last resort.

Other services from HELP include job search placement from their W.O.R.C. center, free Christmas gifts, an emergency shelter in Las Vegas, and referrals. While most of the funding is issued in the form of partial payments, in some cases those applicants with a limited income may qualify for a loan to pay their rent or address other needs. Click more programs from HELP of Southern Nevada.





United Family Community Services (UFCS) both offers information and refers struggling individuals to assistance programs, and they may also be able to provide aid themselves. You can apply for financial help, and after eligibility determination is made, they have programs that can assist with paying your rent, offer utility bill assistance, run an on-site food bank, and even offer clothing and employment assistance. Las Vegas parents can also get help for child care needs. Dial 702-649-5995, or read United Family Community Services emergency programs.

Nevada Community Associates, Inc., or NCA, may be able to help the less fortunate, by appointment only. The non-profit may have financial assistance for rental expenses, including deposits and late fees. Mortgage assistance may be provided too as well. Must of the support is part of Project HOPE as well as a service known as P8. Or look into utility assistance for water or electric bills. 5185 Camino Al Norte Suite 130, North Las Vegas, Nevada 89031, dial 702-522-9962, or find other housing programs from Nevada Community Associates.

Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority offers apartments to low to moderate income families in the area. A limited number of units are available. (702) 922-6800

Nevada H.A.N.D is for seniors as well as other low income qualified individuals. They administer housing solutions, including senior assisted living. income and other restrictions are in place for any low income apartments. 295 E. Warm Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Call (702) 739-3345.

Clark County Community Associates - Grants are offered for helping with evictions. It may include rental assistance, funds for paying energy bills and more. Clients may receive information on zero percent interest loans, federal government grants to pay utility or rental deposits, and other financial aid. there are also case management services in Las Vegas. (702) 522-9962

The Shade Tree administers low income, transitional housing. Veterans, domestic violence victims, and the evicted / homeless are some clients. Stability, case management, and eventually referrals to permanent housing and apartments are available. A minimal rent is due on a monthly basis. 702-385-0072

Chicanos Por La Causa of Las Vegas provides assistance on housing, employment, food, and one time emergency aid. Programs help seniors and immigrants as well, and the non-profit is a HUD certified agency. Senior citizens can get free home delivered meals, and the non-profit may have emergency government grants as a form of rent assistance. They also offer Self-Help Housing, referrals to public aid in Nevada, ESL classes, and much more. Read more assistance from Chicanos Por La Causa.

African Community Center – Programs such as employment services, housing assistance, case management, and information & referral is available. Access Clark County and federal government resources, including food stamps and TANF. Address is 4310 S. Cameron in Las Vegas. Call 702-836-3324.

Women's Development Center offers a resource known as the LINK Program. It offers case management and financial assistance to homeless individuals or families or people facing imminent eviction. Get help with security deposits, first months rent, moving expenses, utility deposits, and even furniture. 4020 Pecos McLeod, Las Vegas, Nevada 89121, call (702) 796-7770

Clark County Social Services and Cash Assistance - The county government administers several public aid and cash assistance programs for the low income, working poor, and unemployed. Services can provide free health care and help with medical bills. Also receive funds to pay rent, food or utility bills. The resources are wide ranging. Read more.

Another local branch of the Salvation Army, In Mesquite - North Rural Clark County - Mesquite & Bunkerville, runs several of its own assistance programs, including providing emergency social services such as the federal government funded EFSP, emergency shelter, rental assistance, USDA Commodity Food for families and seniors, utility assistance, gasoline vouchers, food, clothing, furniture, McDonald's food vouchers, Thanksgiving, Christmas food boxes, and the annual Angel Tree. Call 702-345-5116.

United Labor Agency of Las Vegas NV (phone 702-648-3500) may provides emergency assistance with rent and utilities to prevent homelessness and utility turn-off. Many other services are available from ULAN as well, ranging from free diapers for single moms to information on eviction prevention and self-sufficiency from Help for Tough Times. More United Labor Agency of Nevada.





Family Resource Center of Southern Clark County helps people in the zip codes of 89019, 89026, 89028, 89029, 89039, & 89046. Access emergency financial assistance for paying rent, utilities, cooling bills and prescription needs. They may also be able to direct people to energy assistance from their utility company (Learn more). Or call the center at (702) 298-2592. 4285 N. Rancho Drive, Ste 160, Las Vegas, Nevada 89130.

Boulder City Nevada has a program that may be able to provides emergency rent, free food, utility bill and medical assistance. Dial 702-293-0332.

Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada and the Career Connections program can provide mortgage, rental and utility assistance to the low income based on EFSP guidelines. 1280 W. Cheyenne Ave., North Las Vegas, NV 89030, dial (702) 214-2025

City of Henderson Nevada provides utility bill assistance for people medically fragile, over the age of 62, or who are a Reserve or National Guard member. (702) 267-4150

State of Nevada - Department of Health and Human Services and in particular the Division of Welfare & Supportive Services runs the Energy Assistance Program in Clark County. It focuses on providing help with summer cooling bills and overall energy costs. The funds are limited and are usually exhausted each year. The amount paid out is based on your household income. 702-486-1404

HopeLink - Formerly Henderson Allied Community Advocates (HACA) - Las Vegas South - Can provide rent and utility assistance to those in need, who meet criteria, at most once per 12 months. They help prevent evictions, arrange supportive housing, and other assistance. 178 W. Westminster Way, Henderson, NV 89015, phone 702-566-0576. Read HopeLink of Southern Nevada programs.

Clark County Aging and Disability Services Office offers assistance and information for seniors. The programs are wide ranging and help thousands of residents per year. Some examples include medication from Senior Rx, part time jobs as part of Senior Community Service Employment Program, transportation, meals, and legal aid. The non-profit is based at 1860 E. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Call (702) 486-3545, or read Nevada Agency Aging programs.

Laughlin Family Resource Center - South Rural Clark County - The not for profit provides low-income residents and those in poverty with various services such as case management, emergency assistance for paying rent, utilities, cooling bills and prescription needs, family support and referrals to state and federal government programs and information too. 1975 Arie Ave, Laughlin, Nevada 89029. Phone 702-298-2592.

Henderson Senior Center - Seniors over the age of 62, Reserve or National Guard members, or those who are fragile can get assistance with utilities. 27 E. Texas Ave., Henderson, NV 89015. Dial (702) 267-4150

Assistance with summer heat - People of all incomes and backgrounds can escape to so called cooling centers and shelters. This will allow individuals and families to get out of the hot weather, receive items like free fans, and more. In addition, Clark County Nevada residents who are considered most at risk (such as the elderly and families with children) may qualify for special summer cooling bill assistance programs. Click here.

Government funded homeless assistance - Whether is is help to stop an eviction or foreclosure, or assistance in moving into a new apartment, support is offered. In general, the applicant needs a source of income to pay future rental costs before any resources are administered.

Some HUD programs are tailored to certain groups, such as veterans. There may also be supportive housing for the disabled. Each non-profit tailors the service based on their funding. More Clark County eviction assistance.

Jewish Family Service Agency (JFSA) - A program will help pay for emergency rent, utilities and some other immediate needs for Jewish individuals and families who are faced with an unexpected crisis. There may also be some resources available for people of other faiths and religions. 4794 S. Eastern Ave #C, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119. Call (702) 732-0304. Click Las Vegas Jewish Services.

Rescue Mission - The very low income, homeless, and working poor from Clark County Nevada can turn to the center for help. Some programs, such as the food pantry and thrift store, are open to everyone across the community. Other resources, such as shelter and transitional housing, are more focused on people struggling with their rent or the homeless. Single parents are also a priority of the Rescue Mission of Las Vegas. Read more.





FRCs are located across Clark County. These locations have staff on hand that can direct low income families and seniors to public aid, or link them to non-profits in. Examples of services are as follows.

  • Eviction prevention and housing assistance, ranging from emergency money for rent to transitional housing in Las Vegas.
  • Food, which will be from pantries or applications to WIC or food stamps.
  • Federal benefits such as SSI disability or Medicaid.
  • Education, GED training, budgeting workshops and more are organized.

The centers focus on the most vulnerable that have some source of income. Clients can be single parents or the elderly, among others. More on Clark County Family Resource centers.

United Labor Agency (ULAN) ((702) 648-3500) as well as East-Central Family Services - Las Vegas East & Central ((702) 641-7098), both of which are located in Las Vegas, provides utility and energy bill assistance for income qualified seniors over the age of 62, medically fragile or a Reserve or National Guard member.

Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter Programs are available in Clark County Nevada. What may be passed out includes meals, toys, gifts, free food, and more to children and struggling families. Many seniors and unemployed also benefit from these holiday programs. Continue reading.

Legal support - For individuals that meet income limits, they can get free assistance for a number of civil, consumer issues. Staff may offer landlord/tenant mediation or eviction defense. Other legal aid services in Clark County are for assisting with debt collectors, help in applying for public aid such as disability, LIHEAP or food stamps, and other clinics for housing matter. More Southern Nevada legal aid.

Short term and low income housing programs operate across Clark County and Las Vegas. These resources range from emergency shelter to transitional housing type services. Families behind on their rent and facing eviction or the currently homeless are the main beneficiaries. The non-profits and centers will offer a place to stay for a few days up to several weeks, but more importantly help people achieve self-sufficiency and find new, permanent homes or apartments to live in. More Clark County transitional housing.

Clothes and household goods - Non-profits, charities, and thrift stores in Clark County can provide families with basic needs. Those who meet low income standards may receive vouchers for free items. The other option, thrift stores in Las Vegas, sell items to the public at large at reduced rates. Get information on free clothes, Christmas assistance, baby supplies, shoes and more. Click here.

Las Vegas - Clark County - Urban League - A service known as The Family Development Department will provide services for rental & utilities assistance as well as emergency housing. This is the local community action agency and the center offers other support services as well.

Low income families can contact the Urban League for information on WIC, child care subsidies or the Head Start program. The agency will also have referrals to those that lack health insurance and can provide help from the Health Care Coalition. Phone number : (702) 636-3949. Address - 930 W. Owens, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89106. Click more Las Vegas Clark County Urban League.

Golden Rainbow - HIV and AID patients can apply for financial assistance with paying monthly rent, utilities, security deposits, transportation, and eyeglasses, among other services. 801 S. Rancho Dr. Suite B1, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89106. Call (702) 384-2899

Organizations that offer energy bill help - Some places specialize of helping Las Vegas and Clark County are families pay their energy bills, or save money on them. More Las Vegas utility assistance information and details.




Free medical care in Las Vegas

Two examples of health centers in Clark County are noted below. However families and individuals do have other places to call for free or low cost dental care, basic health care check ups, medications, and more services. Read more Las Vegas clinics.

If you can’t afford a doctor, or have no or limited health insurance, Community Outreach Medical Center ((702) 657-3873) is a clinic that can help. The primary goal of the clinic is to provide affordable or no cost medical care to people who need help. In addition, the medical professionals also strive to improve the lives of those patients in urban Las Vegas by offer them high quality, confidential medical care in a fashion that is seen in private practice settings.

Nevada Health Centers operates seventeen medical centers across Cook County and Vegas, two healthcare for the homeless centers, three Miles for Smiles buses and the Mammovan, and people who need aid can stop by for medical and dental care. Call (702) 887-1590 for an appointment.

Also, learn how to get free or low cost health care from clinics in Las Vegas and Clark County Nevada. Continue.

Free legal aid in Clark County and Las Vegas

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (Formally Clark County Legal Services) runs a Pro Bono Project that provides free legal assistance with placement of legal matters with private attorneys/lawyers who have agreed to accept cases at no charge and free to clients Types of matters placed may include foreclosures, debt collection, real estate, family law issues, and bankruptcy. Call 702-386-1070. More on Nevada free legal assistance.

Head Start

A couple dozen non-profits around Las Vegas, Henderson, and Clark County Nevada administer the Head Start program for low income children. Services offered include school preparedness, medical and health care, and social services. The child’s immediate family may also be able to receive assistance from the Head Start agencies in Las Vegas area. The program is free to qualified individuals. Read more on Las Vegas Head Start and get phone numbers and addressees of the centers.

Food assistance programs

Various food distribution centers in the area include the following. Some may provide more than food, such as clothes, diapers, baby supplies, furniture, or other aid. Examples are below.

If the locations below can’t assist, there are dozens of other free food pantries and intake sites for government aid. Whether it is a hot meal or help around the holidays, resources are available. Or find an extensive listing of Las Vegas food banks.

  • Sunrise Baptist Church - 702-452-8599
  • Henderson Presbyterian Church - 702-565-9684
  • NACF Food Bank - 702-644-7373
  • Dream Center of Las Vegas - (702) 823-2654






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