Nevada TANF

Nevada TANF provides five benefit programs to low-income families with children on the path to become self-sufficient. Two of the programs are federal assistance and three are non-assistance programs. 

Choose the right program for you if you qualify for more than one category

1. TANF NEON 

The New Employees of Nevada (NEON) program is a work program limited to 24 months for low-income families with household members that are work-eligible.

They require participants to make a Personal Responsibility Plan and participate in work-related activities. 

2. TANF CHILD-ONLY 

The Child Only program provides cash assistance to children living with a relative. There is no time limit for this assistance.

3. Self Sufficiency Grant

The Self-Sufficiency Grant (SSG) provides assistance to families with members starting a job, waiting for their first paycheck, or on temporary leave from their job. The grant does this through a one-time lump-sum payment.

4. Temporary Assistance 

The Temporary Assistance (TA) provides assistance that is limited to 4 months to families under unforeseen crisis (flood, earthquake, etc)

5. TANF Loan

TANF Loan assists with a family’s basic needs through monthly cash payments, given that the family can pay off the loan in the future. There is a time limit for this program.


Tribal TANF provides temporary aid and services to members or descendants of the Washoe Tribe at risk of welfare dependency.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much do you get for TANF in Nevada? 

The benefits you receive from TANF largely depend on your family’s income and size. A family of three without income receives up to monthly $386 from Nevada.

What are the qualifications for TANF in Nevada?

  1. U.S. national, citizen, legal alien or permanent resident
  2. Unemployed or underemployed with very low wages.
  3. Resident of the state of Nevada 
  4. Pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age.

How do I apply for welfare in Nevada? 

Start your application online through DWSS’s online electronic application, ACCESS Nevada. Learn about your eligibility through an interview (in person or by phone) to be set up prior to your application. 

Application in person at a local DWSS district office near you is available too. Learn about your eligibility within 45 days from the day you applied. 

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