There are several organizations and programs in northern Nevada, including Reno and Washoe County, that provide families and individuals with help. Some of the organizations are listed below, and include:
Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada and the St. Vincent's Programs can be reached at (775)-322-7073. This organization, which helps people of all religions and faith, supports community members in need. They have a total of nine different programs, as well as a wide variety of resources including a dining room, a food pantry and affordable housing. Other services and programs offered include prescription drug vouchers, free clothing, bus vouchers, apartment starter kits, baby supplies, work permits, diapers and toiletries. The organization will also provide referrals to other local charities and service agencies for specialized or additional assistance if and when it is needed. They partner with many local groups throughout Washoe County Nevada.
Catholic Charities is currently serving record numbers of people and families so the demand for their services is very high and resources are limited. The St. Vincent's Dining Room serves an average of 16,000 meals each and every month. Another key program, the St. Vincent's Food Pantry of Washoe County, gave away 1.8 million pounds of food just last year to those who need help. Hundreds of lower income, hungry, homeless and desperate people use these resources every day. Click here for more information on other services.
Another place that people can turn to for aid is the Salvation Army (775-688-4555 1931 Sutro St. Reno, NV 89512). The number of people and individuals contacting the agency and looking for help has more than doubled from last year. People are coming in to register for food boxes and groceries, asking for funds for energy bills, emergency food boxes and clothing vouchers. Thousands of local people who lost their jobs, and some who may have even lost their homes, are seeking assistance for the first time in their lives. So the type and profile of the person who is seeking help has changed. Some of the people who need aid were even donors in the not so distant past, and they now they find themselves on the other side needing help.
Some of the programs offered by the Salvation Army include shelter, housing and rental assistance, vision, health care, and dental referrals, emergency food vouchers, clothing vouchers, utility bill assistance, diapers, and emergency food boxes, and funds for security deposits. Read more Reno Salvation Army assistance.
City of Reno - Housing Authority - This local government agency provides housing and rent assistance and subsidies for paying rent and utility bills. Subsidies are also provided for privately owned apartments, condos, houses and mobile homes in the local community. The location is also the local Nevada 8 section 8 housing agency. More on section 8, or dial 775-331-5138.
Tahoe Family Solutions (this was formerly Children's Cabinet at Incline Village) - A limited area of Washoe County and Reno Nevada can get help from this non-profit. The FRC offers low to moderate income clients, the unemployed and working poor who reside in the following zip codes: 89450, 89451, 89452, and 89402, emergency financial assistance. Apply for help for paying your rent, health care and prescriptions, and maybe even energy bills, when funding is available.
Senior citizens and the elderly can contact the City of Reno assessor. Dial 775-328-2200. Believe it or not, but the city may be able to provide property tax and rent relief to senior citizens in the area.
State of Nevada - Department of Health & Human Services (DWSS) - Division of Welfare & Supportive Services. They run the energy assistance program, called EAP for short. It may be able to assist low-income households and families in the region with their energy costs. Eligible households will be awarded cash grants and/or financial assistance once each program year. Apply during the hot summer months for the EAP program. Call 1-866-846-2009
Washoe County Social Services - The county provides cash and public assistance to families across Reno and Washoe County. Some of the programs include rent assistance, shelters, food, and utility bills. A number of other resources are offered too. Learn more.
Community Services Agency Development Corporation - Several programs are offered by this community action agency. Among them include the
Call the Community Services Agency Development Corporation at (775) 786-6023.
Reno Cancer Foundation can support cancer patients and their families. Call 775-329-1970. When resources allow the non-profit can offer limited financial assistance and cash grants to needy and uninsured cancer patients. Any type of financial assistance is designed to help with basic living costs including rent payments, emergency food, insurance costs, and transportation to appointments.
The Give Hope Foundation can provide aid for children with a serious illness. The family can receive housing assistance, including rent or mortgage payments. Or get help paying for travel expenses related to treatments and uncovered medical bills. Call 775-329-4673.
Find how to get holiday and Christmas help in the Washoe County area. Whether it is a toy, free gift, or basket of food, there is assistance available. Charities offer Adopt a Family and/or Angel Tree and other programs to ensure children get the gifts and toys they request. More on Christmas assistance in Washoe County.
Charities, non-profits, and other housing programs exist in Reno and Washoe County Nevada. Get additional details on Reno rent assistance agencies and other centers across the county.
Volunteers of America Northern Nevada operates numerous housing and rent assistance programs in Washoe County and Reno. Services range from emergency shelter, transitional housing, to rent help and eviction prevention. Housing can also be coordinated for individuals considered seniors, the disabled, and veterans.
Help for the homeless, and people on the verge of eviction, is always a focus of VOA. Another goal is to rapidly rehouse individuals into affordable homes or units. The northern Nevada Volunteers of America is part of the non-profit nationwide network. Read more on housing from VOA in Nevada.
Housing from ReStart - The agency works to prevent evictions and homelessness in Reno and Washoe County. Some examples of the services available are below. All aid is limited, comes with restrictions. Income limits and other conditions are in place.
Children and Adult Services - This is one of the main Washoe County and Reno government organizations to call for help. They can either sign people up for services, or refer a resident to another local program or non-profit. Some of their resources include health care, including HCAP Medical Program and Medicaid. A few eviction prevention and rental assistance programs are offered. Low income families can also look into cash assistance and government grants. Read more.
Family Resource Centers offer a number of emergency assistance programs to Reno, Washoe County, and surrounding areas. The agency has multiple offices in the county as indicated below. Some of the aid offered includes funds for utility and heating bills (from EAP); basic needs such as an emergency food pantry and vouchers for Good Shepherd. Long term support is available from the centers as well, such as job search assistance; referrals for needed services; home visits; Nevada Check Up and welfare applications; and free information on senior services.
Applicants will be assigned to a case manager, who will help them apply for various assistance programs, provide job training, self-sufficiency, and more. Other programs include free food, immigration services, transportation assistance, and ESL classes. Clients come from all backgrounds, including senior citizens or the disabled in Washoe County. They also work with other agencies, such as Catholic Charity in Washoe County.
Low income housing and shelters are located across the Reno Nevada region. The non-profits that run the programs will offer families, single parents, and others that qualify with a place to stay over the short term. In addition the individual can access self-sufficiency type programs, including information on job training, hot meals, and help in locating an affordable rental unit, among other services. More on transitional housing services Washoe County.
Clothing closets and thrift stores - Any family, no matter their income, age, religion, or whether they are immigrants or not, can use these programs. Everything from clothing for work or an office, school supplies, and even birthday gifts may be provided. Referrals and case management is also coordinated from free clothing closets in Washoe County.
While the program does focus on senior citizens, others may be able to get support from C*A*R*E* Chest of Sierra Nevada. The agency may be able to provide for the payment of emergency prescriptions on a limited basis to needy in the community. Call 775-829-2273
Health Access Washoe County (HAWC) Community Health Center - Medical and dental services are offered on a sliding fee scale, so you pay what you can afford towards medical bills. The community clinic offers primary dental and medical care for adults, families and children by appointment and walk-in. The clinic also has a laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray services on site for the low income, and Women's Health Connection. Reno Nevada based. 775-329-6300
Saint Mary's Sun Valley Clinic - The center offer a comprehensive menu of primary and preventative health care and education to children and adults in the Washoe area. Services and medical care offered include primary, non-emergent health services such as immunizations, well-child exams, specialty gynecology, X Rays, developmental pediatrics, and endocrine clinics for established patients. Other care also provided includes preventative health screenings, medication/pharmaceutical assistance and education as well. Call (775) 674-5437 for an appointment.
South Dental Clinic - Get access to free General Dentistry and Dental Hygiene. Call 775-825-6702
A local Reno branch of the NID - Housing Counseling Agency is in the area. This national non-profit organization is HUD approved, and can offer foreclosure intervention counseling, mortgage default counseling, first time home buyer services and assistance, reverse mortgage counseling. The HUD approved housing counselors are NeighborWorks certified, and offer most services at no cost. The agency can offer foreclosure counseling to consumers as well as provide referrals and information on other non-profit agencies, public agencies, government mortgage programs and faith based organizations. Click here for more information on NID-Housing Counseling, or dial 775-322-5695.
Whether you need additional housing assistance or foreclosure help, Consumer Credit Affiliates is another option for you. They have helped thousands of local individuals get out of debt, providing support for helping them buy their first home or save for retirement. Mortgage and foreclosure assistance is also provided. The housing and credit counselors can help you design a realistic spending and savings plan, reduce debts, and save your home. 775-337-6363
There are dozens of food banks, pantries, churches, and charities that can provide free food to families in the Reno and Washoe County area. Food banks operate across Nevada. Find a location near you below.
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