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Northern Nevada emergency assistance.

Residents of Northern Nevada can receive emergency assistance from programs and resources offered by Catholic Charities. An extensive number of services are offered to families across the northern portion of the state, including the Washoe County and Reno Nevada. Financial assistance can be provided to address a number of needs, including rental expenses, utility bills, short term housing needs, prescription medications, and much more.

The Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance Program helps over 200,000 people on average every year in Northern Nevada. There are conditions that need to be met by applicants, including income criteria, the cause of the crisis, number of family members, and much more. Unfortunately resources are limited and the agency needs to prioritize who can or can’t get help.

Individuals receive various forms of assistance from the non-profit charity organization. Most of the aid offered is non-monetary, and only a small fraction of the people who apply for help receive financial assistance or cash grants for paying bills. The assistance programs offered can serve the low income, unemployed, elderly, and others who may be struggling and who need help in meeting and paying for their most basic needs. Case managers will work with each qualified individual and family and together you will create a plan to help make it through a short term hardship. More importantly the plan and counseling offered will provide longer term self-sufficiency to clients.

The non-profit works closely with many other local charities, churches, not-for-profit agencies, and government organizations in the northern Nevada community. Some services are offered in combination with those agencies and the programs they may run, such as rental and housing assistance, food, medications, and electric bill help. Other resources that are not available locally by others in northern Nevada may be provided directly by Catholic Charities.

As with many Catholic Charity agencies, their primary objective is not to duplicate local services or financial assistance programs, but instead to target resources and assistance on those gaps in services that are not currently being made available by others. So if they can refer an individual to other government or non-profit assistance programs they will do that first.





Case managers and staff consult and work closely with individuals and families to determine their exact needs, and to also put into place a plan of action. Case managers will determine the families overall needs and financial situation. After this interview they will connect people to other non-profits, charities and resources in the northern Nevada area. Then Catholic Charities will strive to provide those basic needs to low income individuals that do not exist elsewhere.

The following types of Emergency Services are offered to the low income. They include transportation (which is mostly bus passes), food and medications, St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, clothing, as well as housing assistance, including rent and utilities.

In most cases the applicant needs to be faced with a crisis that was both unexpected and not of their doing. Some it can be things such as an unexpected job loss or reduction in hours, medical emergency, divorce, or similar events. Rent and utility assistance is also usually prioritized for people with an eviction or disconnection notice. The most vulnerable also usually receive funds first, including families with children, seniors, and the disabled.

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada’s Emergency Assistance Program can be reached at (775) 322-7073 ext. 221. The main office is in Reno Nevada.




By Jon McNamara

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