Those wishing to apply for any TANF benefit must complete an "Application for Assistance". The applicant or their representative
may request an application by:
- Contacting the local DWSS district office;
- Downloading an application from the Division's Web Page at http://dwss.nv.gov.
- Accessing DWSS's online electronic application "ACCESS Nevada" at http://dwss.nv.gov
- Completing the application form and faxing it to the local DWSS Office for processing.
An eligibility decision is generally made within 45 days from the application date.
To be eligible for any TANF the following eligibility requirements must be met:
Assessment (Applies to TANF/NEON, Loan and Child-Only):Return to index
An assessment is required for each household member to evaluate existing skills, prior work experience and employability.
It also determines the family needs including job training, child care, substance abuse treatment, mental health services,
domestic violence services, or other issues which may be barriers to self-sufficiency.
Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP) (Applies to TANF-NEON and or Child-Only):Return to index
The "Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP)", is a contract between the Division and the TANF-NEON and Child-Only households outlining
a jointly-developed plan to:
- assist the TANF-NEON household to achieve their highest level of self sufficiency;
- to meet the specialized needs of Child-Only households.
The plan is signed within 60 days of TANF approval and includes a date, not more than 24 months later, when it expires.
Agreement of Cooperation:Return to index
Adult household member(s) must sign an Agreement of Cooperation which includes their responsibilities as a condition of receiving
benefits and describes the penalties that may be imposed for failure to comply.
Children Must be Living in the Home of a Specified Relative:Return to index
The child(ren) must be living with the individual applying for assistance on their behalf that provides
care and supervision and is the child's (not all inclusive:
- Father, mother, sister, brother, grandfather, grandmother;
- Uncle, aunt, nephew, niece, first cousin; OR
- Stepfather, stepmother, stepsister, stepbrother
School Requirements:Return to index
- The head of household must ensure their children age 7 to 12 attend school as required by state law and take every reasonable
action to ensure the child is not at risk of failing to advance to the next grade level.
- A child age 18 or over, not in school full-time, is ineligible.
- A child age 18 in school (high school, technical or vocational, includes GED program) full time and expected to graduate before
or in the month of their 19th birthday is eligible for TANF through their graduation month.
- A child who will not graduate, or complete their GED, until after the month of their 19th birthday is ineligible the month
following their 18th birthday.
- For minor parents to be eligible for assistance, they must be enrolled and attending high school or actively participating in
a GED program and making adequate progress.
Immunizations:Return to index
The head of household must provide proof immediately, or within six months, that all children for whom benefits are received are
appropriately immunized. Each household is advised of the availability of standard immunizations through clinics. Exemptions are
provided for religious belief or medical conditions.
Residency:Return to index
Applicants must be living in the state with the intention of making Nevada their home permanently, for an indefinite period,
or entering Nevada with a job commitment or seeking employment.
Citizenship:Return to index
All persons applying for or receiving TANF must provide satisfactory evidence of citizenship or qualified non-citizenship status.
Child Support Enforcement Program (CSEP):Return to index
The parent(s)/relative caregiver of all children must cooperate in establishing paternity or seeking child support from
non-custodial parents. TANF is denied or terminated if the parent(s) caregivers fails or refuses to cooperate with CSEP
or the District Attorney in establishing paternity or seeking support, unless good cause for failing to cooperate is
New Employees of Nevada (NEON):Return to index
NEON is Nevada's employment and training program whose purpose is to reduce or eliminate dependency on public assistance by
providing employment services, education, training and support services to TANF NEON recipients.
NEON participation is mandatory for most cases with a work-eligible individual in the home. Single parents with a child under
a year of age may be exempt up to 3 months per child, for a maximum of 12 months in a life time. A parent who is required in
the home to provide care for an ill or incapacitated family member may qualify for an exemption. Exempt parents have the option
to voluntarily participate in the program.
NEON participants must develop a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP) with their case manager. The plan will outline the work
activities that will be required of the participant to maintain eligibility for the program and move toward self-sufficiency,
as well as the support services the Division will provide to assist the participant in attaining this goal. Examples of
activities include Job Readiness Workshops, Job Search, vocational education, community work experience and employment.
Support services available to NEON participants include: child care, transportation, work-related clothing and other work-related
items necessary for training or employment. These may include tools, uniforms, shoes, work permits, heath cards, ID, physicals,
etc. Participants may also receive family counseling, family planning counseling, health referrals, job placement referrals,
Mandatory participants who do not cooperate with the development of their Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP), or who fail
to comply with the terms of their PRP are subject to termination of benefits and a sanction sit-out period of three consecutive months.
Sanctions for Non-Cooperation:Return to index
Sanctions are imposed against TANF-NEON and TANF Child-Only households who do not cooperate with the terms of their PRP.
The household is given a time period (30 or 10 days) to work with their case manager to resolve the compliance issue. If
the household is not in compliance with their PRP after this conciliation period, cash benefits are terminated and the
household is ineligible to receive cash assistance for three consecutive months.
Furnishing Social Security Numbers:Return to index
Each TANF member of the household must provide or apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) unless religious beliefs prohibit
enumeration. Non-qualified non-citizens are not required to provide or apply for an SSN.
Cooperation / Reporting Obligations:Return to index
TANF households are required to cooperate by providing necessary information to determine initial and ongoing eligibility,
and to report changes which may affect their eligibility for TANF benefits.
Time Limits:Return to index
A TANF-NEON and/or TANF Loan household in which any adult member (this includes a minor parent who is/was the head of household
for their own case) received TANF cash assistance from Nevada or any other state for 60 months, regardless of whether consecutive
or cumulative, is prohibited from receiving TANF-NEON and/or Loan cash benefits unless they experience a qualifying hardship.
Nevada TANF-NEON and/or Loan households may receive 24 months of cash assistance, after which time they are ineligible to receive
cash benefits for 12 consecutive months, unless they experience a qualifying hardship.
The 24 months of benefits need not be consecutive but the 12 month sit-out period is consecutive. A recipient may receive a six
month extension to the two-year time limit if the District Office Manager determines the recipient would achieve self-sufficiency
by giving the additional time.
Sanctions for Non-Cooperation:Return to index
Sanctions are imposed against TANF-NEON and Child-Only households who do not cooperate with the terms of their Personal
Responsibility Plan. The household is given a time period (30 or 10 days) to work with their case manager to resolve the
compliance issue. If the household is not in compliance with their PRP after this conciliation period, cash benefits are
terminated and the household is disqualified for three consecutive months.
Resources/Property:Return to index
Liquid and non-liquid resources are evaluated to determine whether or not they are countable. Beginning July 1, 2014 countable resources cannot exceed $6,000 per TANF household. If the resources exceed the limit, the application will be denied or the case will be terminated. The countable resources prior to July 1, 2014, was $2,000.
There are certain types of resource which are not counted when determining eligibility such as:
- One automobile.
- The home, including any contiguous land, which is the usual residence of the assistance unit
that the household owns or is buying.
- One burial plot for each member of the household.
- One Bona fide funeral agreements for each member of the TANF assistance unit.
- Household goods and personal items.
Income, Consideration and Budgeting:Return to index
The household members must have countable income within certain limits to be eligible for any TANF benefit. The maximum allowable
income is based upon the number of eligible persons in the household.
A monthly budget is completed for all households with income to determine eligibility without application of disregards. Also,
some types of income are counted in this test and not counted in the cash benefit computation. If gross income is less than 130%
of poverty; next a 100% Needs Standard Test is used to determine if earned income disregards can be applied.
The cash benefit is computed by subtracting allowable disregards from gross earned income to arrive at the net earned income,
adding unearned income to arrive at the total countable income. The total countable income is compared to the payment standard
for the household size. The income of stepparents and responsible parents are also budgeted towards the needs of the TANF household.
Need Standards and Payment Amounts:Return to index
Agency need standards are used to determine eligibility and payment amounts. The need standard includes food, clothing,
recreation, personal incidentals, fuel for heating, cooking and water heating, electricity for refrigeration and lights,
household supplies, medical chest supplies and shelter.
The following table provides a guide to income levels and maximum payment amounts. A maximum payment is issued when there
is no countable income.
If all or a portion of monthly income is budgetable, the reduction in the benefit amount is dollar for dollar. However,
there are specific deductions allowed for earned income and application of the earnings disregard for certain household
members entitled to use them.
|TANF Need Standard and Payment Allowance
|For Each Additional Household Member Add:|
Subsidized Housing:Return to index
An eligible households member, responsible for rent or a mortgage payment who receives subsidized housing will have up to $76 of
the value of the subsidy budgeted as unearned income.
The following programs are considered subsidized housing:
Housing and Urban Development's (HUD)
- Housing and Urban Development's (HUD)
Section 8 Housing
- United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA)
FmHA Section 515 Rental Assistance
Earned Income Disregards:Return to index
The following are disregards from each household member's gross earnings when certain conditions are met:
- 100% (3 months), 85% (second three months), 75% (third three months) and 65% (fourth three months). After the
earned income disregards are exhausted, a Standard Work Expense of $90 or 20% (which ever is greater), will
be deducted from the gross earnings. After the allowable earned income disregards, the actual amount of
child care expenses paid or anticipated to be paid will be subtracted to arrive at the net earned income.
A second set of earned income disregards begins when the individual is off cash benefits for 12 consecutive months
(they do not continue where they left off in the first set) and they meet both income tests.
Stepparent IncomeReturn to index
When the natural parent applying for TANF is married to and living with a stepparent, the
stepparent's income is considered towards the needs of the assistance unit. The following
are deducted from the stepparent's gross income when certain conditions are met:
Standard Work Expense:
Deduct $90 or 20% of gross earnings, whichever is greater, when the stepparent worked.
Need Standard Deductions:
Deduct the 100% need standard for the stepparent plus any other persons living in the home that
are NOT included in the TANF household and claimed by the stepparent as dependents for federal
income tax purposes.
Support Payment Deductions:
Deduct amounts actually paid by the stepparent to persons not living in the home and claimed
by the stepparent as dependents for federal income tax purposes AND payments made by stepparents
for alimony and child support.
Responsible Parent IncomeReturn to index
When a minor parent is living with one or both natural/ adoptive parents, the minor parent(s)
income is used to determine eligibility and payment amount for the assistance unit. The following
amounts are deducted from the responsible parent's gross income when certain conditions are met:
- Standard Work Expense
- Deduct $90 or 20% of gross earnings, whichever is greater.
- Need Standard Deductions
Deduct the 100% need standard for the responsible parent plus any other persons living
in the home who are NOT included in the TANF household and claimed by the responsible
parent as dependents for federal income tax purposes.
Deduct amounts actually paid by the responsible parents to persons not living in the home
and claimed by the responsible parent as dependents for federal income tax purposes AND
payments made for alimony and child support.