Welfare Application Instructions for Nevada



Application Instructions

In order to receive TANF benefits in Nevada, residents must file an Application for Assistance. with their local DWSS office. For more information, call 1-800-992-0900.


Available Benefits

TANF benefits are figured based on individual state guidelines and dependent on factors such as family size, earned and unearned income, and housing expenses. The state of Nevada has a 60 month (5 year) cap on TANF benefits. After a 24-month period has been met, households are exempt from receiving further benefits for a period of 12 months (1 year). After 12 months, households are eligible to receive another 24 months of benefits. The maximum benefit amount for a single person is $253 and $708 for a family of eight. Benefits are paid by EBT. There are five different types of TANF benefits in the state of Nevada. To learn more, click here.


Am I Eligible?

In Nevada, TANF applicants must meet both the state and federal guidelines for the program. The federal government requires that individuals meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household, and report as required by the state. The federal guidelines have been built into each state.s program, as this is required in order for states to receive the block grants that fund TANF. Therefore, it is really only necessary that applicants be aware of and meet the requirements as outlined by the state of Nevada. To read more about the federal TANF eligibility guidelines, click here. In order to qualify for TANF in Nevada, countable income must not exceed $2000. Applicants are required to participate in the Applicant Job Search (AJS) program. Additionally, upon approval, all eligible participants must take part in the New Employees of Nevada (NEON) program. To learn more about the eligibility requirements for TANF in Nevada click here.


General TANF information for Nevada

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federally funded program that helps American families by providing benefits, both financial and otherwise, to help keep family units intact. TANF benefits, sometimes referred to as welfare benefits, are intended to supplement a family.s earned and unearned income and can be used to purchase clothing, food, medication, and pay for housing and utility costs, for example. On the federal level, the Office of Family Assistance, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, oversees and funds the TANF program. State governments are responsible for designing and implementing their own welfare programs, including the determining eligibility, providing benefits, and distributing cash allotments. This page outlines the state requirements for TANF benefits. To learn more about the Federal TANF program and its requirements, click here. The state of Nevada administers Federal TANF benefits through the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Welfare Supportive Services. To learn more about TANF in Nebraska, click here.