Non-profits and charities across Nevada offer assistance from the HUD funded Emergency Shelter Grant program, or ESG. While the federal government funds can be used to provide for a number of housing needs, a key objective is on homelessness prevention. This includes direct financial aid for rental expenses, foreclosure prevention counseling, shelter, and more.
The eviction prevention services are in high demand in Nevada. All financial support is very limited, and often runs out. For those families that qualify, what may be offered includes stabilization and housing relocation services. There is also very limited short- and medium-term rental assistance available. All of these grants are intended to help individuals and families avoid becoming homeless.
For people looking for housing, they have options as well. Among them include shelters and low income, transitional housing. There is also a rapid re-housing assistance component that was created in order to help individuals who are currently homeless move into stable and permanent housing. There may be financial support from Rapid Rehousing as well. This will include security deposit or rental assistance, case management, referrals to employment opportunities, and other stabilization services.
The rehousing process will involve case managers working with the client to find new, low income housing or apartments. In some parts of the state, there may be financial assistance to pay for the new home as well. This may include storage or application fees, security deposits, moving costs, or a part of first month's rent.
There are dozens of emergency shelters and transitional housing units located across Nevada, with a higher concentration of units in Clark County. They can house single parents, victims of domestic violence, the disabled, veterans, and other homeless individuals. The shelters will also offer free meals, basic needs such as clothing, and case managers will help guests find permanent housing.
Nevada, working with charities, churches, and local non-profits, uses the HUD funds to be pro-active. Government officials and many other agencies strongly believe that is better for the state as well as the individual to provide some financial aid and case management up front to stop a foreclosure or eviction from occurring in the first place. They take this approach rather than try to find new housing for someone that was evicted.
In order to be pro-active, linkage and referrals are administered. There are many agencies in Nevada, and in particular the southern part of the state such as in Las Vegas, that offer one time mortgage, utility bill, or rent assistance. The funds may be issued to qualified low income applicants in the form of a cash grant or some agencies will issues a loan.
Note this type of funding is limited and comes with restrictions. Therefore, many locations will instead help people apply for government benefits. Examples of these may include section 8 housing vouchers, LIHEAP energy bill, housing for the disabled, and other resources. There are several federal government and state of Nevada programs that can help prevent evictions and/or foreclosures.
In some places, the non-profit agencies will work with local attorneys to coordinate free landlord/tenant mediation. This process may allow the renter and their landlord to find a solution. Some examples may include the creation of payment plans, provide a tenant more time to pay any back rent, or maybe allow the individual to move into a more affordable apartment. The lawyer can also help with unsafe or unfair housing issues as well.
Case management, stabilization and referral services are a key component of ESG. Social workers and case managers from a local non-profit will partner with struggling individuals. There will be an interview and intake process that needs to occur. Residents will be enrolled into workshops such as credit counseling, job training, and life skills sessions. If an individual is to be placed into a new home or apartment, they need to be in position to pay the rent on their own in the future.
Carson City Social Services
Address is 900 E. Long Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Call (775) 887-2110
Clark County Social Services
1600 Pinto Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89115
Telephone number is (702) 455-4270
The main government entity for information on housing. Applications for government grants to pay rent, rehousing assistance, or deposits may be available.
Churchill County Social Services
485 West B. Street, #105
Fallon, NV 89406
Douglas County Social Services
P.O. Box 218
Minden, NV 89423
Elko County Social Services
Main address is 571 Idaho Street
Elko, NV 89801
Dial (775) 738-4375 for information on emergency grants for rental needs.
P.O. Box 517
Goldfield, NV 89013
Humboldt County Social Services
Address is 50 West 5th Street
Winnemucca, NV 89429
Lander County Social Services
315 S. Humboldt
Battle Mountain, NV 89820
Lincoln County Social Services
P.O. Box 416
Pioche, NV 89403
Lyon County Social Services
Mailing address is P.O. Box 1141
Silver Springs, NV 89429
Consolidated Agencies for Health Services
P.O. Box 331
Hawthorne, NV 89415
Nye County Social Services
P.O. Box 926
Tonopah, NV 89049
In Tonopah dial (775) 482-8125 or in Pahrump call (775) 751-7095
Pershing County Social Services
P.O. Box 820
Lovelock, NV 89419
Main phone - (775) 962-5497
Washoe County Social Services
P.O. Box 11130
Reno, NV 89520
White Pine County Social Services
Ely, NV 89301
Dial the non-profit at (775) 289-3271
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