Updated July 28, 2020- The CARES Housing Assistance Program can help if are unable to pay your rent because of COVID-19. Visit housing.nv.gov and follow their directions to apply.

Criteria to qualify for the program includes:

  • COVID-19 impact such as loss of employment, reduction in work hours, or reduction in wages
  • Income restrictions on a per county basis
  • Are not recieving Federal Housing Voucher assistance
  • Household has liquid resources less than $3,000

Program funds are specific to the payment of rent and security deposits. Payments for services are made directly to a landlord. Assistance may be provided for up to nine (9) months contingent upon the availability of funds. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis via an electronic application submitted at our application portal.

Landlords not currently registered with NRHA can upload their information in anticipation of a tenant applying for assistance. Landlords can review requirements here.

If the household is unable to secure new housing prior to eviction, emergency lodging may be paid for up to 30 days while waiting for a rental unit to become available.

The payment of rental assistance includes the following:

  • Payment of current month’s rent that is due within fifteen (15) days of the application for assistance
  • Payment of past due rent, including associated late fees, starting as early as March 30, 2020
  • First month’s rent may be paid for individuals required to move or for individuals who are being evicted or foreclosed upon and must secure new housing
  • Deposits may be paid in circumstances where CARES Housing Assistance Program funds are used to pay the first month’s rent
  • Weekly and month-to-month housing is also eligible and may be paid on a monthly basis
  • Rental assistance may be provided for multiple months via a single payment
  • Recipients of housing vouchers are not eligible
  • Mortgages and equity loans are not eligible for assistance (visit the Nevada Affordable Housing Assistance Corporation for information about mortgage assistance)

Nevada Rural Housing Authority has a dedicated phone line and email for the Cares Housing Assistance Program:

(775) 302-5090

Toll-Free: (833) 328-0288


The Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) has announced its COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program, which provides one-time funding to rural Nevada residents experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides financial assistance to qualifying individuals who are falling behind on their rent, mortgage or utilities. The Program also gives financial aid to individuals having trouble paying for groceries and household supplies that are necessary to maintain safety and well-being.

Applicants will need to provide proof of delinquency on housing related payments to qualify for assistance.

NRHA’s Emergency Assistance Programs applicants must reside in a NRHA jurisdiction, which is all Nevada counties except for Clark and Washoe Counties. For more information about NRHA’s Emergency Assistance Programs, including the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Program, please go here.