A leading charity in the Southern Nevada and Clark County region is United Labor Agency. The agency provides some of its own services, but most of the aid is in the form of referrals to financial assistance from partners or government benefits. Resources are limited, however some of the programs administered are below.
Food and nutrition services provide clients with information about local food pantries, including one they operate. In addition, staff from ULAN provide access to and help in completing applications for the state benefits for low income families. This can include SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SSI disability, WIC for children, and many others.
Household goods can be offered too. ULAN runs a diaper bank, which can pass out supplies to low income families, including single moms. As the name implies, the goal is to provide free diapers or referrals to formula.
A wide range of housing programs are run in Clark County. Individuals can get financial assistance with a number of client needs, such as referrals to grants for the payment of emergency utility bills or rent to avoid eviction. The goal is homeless prevention in the entire state of Nevada.
Many agencies also provide those who are currently homeless with information in regard to low-income living quarters, including transitional housing and apartments. Referrals to programs that offer loans to cover the first month’s rent or a security deposit are also available through local agencies.
Southern Nevada residents who are experiencing difficulty in paying utility bills are encouraged to contact ULAN for help. There are local centers, such as community action agencies, that offer grants and other financial support for the payment of electric and/or cooling bills to qualifying clients. In some cases United Labor Agency of Nevada may be able to provide their own funds to qualified households.
On site staff members and case managers are available to assist with the completion of applications for federally funded programs, such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or Weatherization Assistance. Whenever possible they will also intervene with utility companies to negotiate payment plans, including level set billing, for low-income clients.
There is a discount prescription program in Clark County, and it is available to low-income and/or uninsured households. In addition to assisting with reducing the cost of medications, the staff from the organization coordinate access to medical items needed by low income clients. Clients must be under-insured or uninsured; show proof of household income; meet income guidelines and furnish identification for all household members.
The Help for Tough Times service provides a number of resources. Staff offer assistance with general consumer complaints, including, but not limited to, illegal evictions, debt collection practices, housing discrimination and predatory lending such as payday loans. The staff is certified by the State of Nevada and the United Way in advising and guiding clients toward resolving issues and reaching greater stability.
Job placement services are offered too, as the goal is to help the client gain stability. The agency partners with one stop job centers to assist people with obtaining employment, and ideally a role that provides decent wages. The city and its partners provides job placement at local non-profits, churches, or charity groups, where participants can gain work experience, plus a small amount of income and even rarely medical benefits.
Staff from ULAN also work with the Job Bank to provide employment assistance programming, and opportunities are posted at the main center. The agency also has the capability of directing certain eligible clients to government training programs.
There are several pro-bono law firms in southern Nevada that offer free legal aid services, and ULAN will have referrals to them. These are made available to Clark County County residents who are facing eviction and possible homelessness. Tenants need to know their rights in regard to eviction in Las Vegas or in the state of Nevada, and a dedicated team of legal aid staff is trained to advise people about their options.
Other seasonal assistance is offered too, and ULAN relies on donations of money, time, and effort from Clark County community volunteers to provide free back-to-school supplies, holiday aid, and other services. There are Easter, Christmas, and free Thanksgiving meals and gifts to low-income families, with priority given to children, seniors, and very low-income singles. Also, the agency may have backpacks, notebooks, and clothing for school-aged children who are returning to school.
For help from ULAN, dial 702-648.-500 to make an appointment. Among documentation needed will be proof of income, copy of an eviction notice, pay stubs, and more.
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