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How to Apply

If you answer “Yes” to the following questions, you may be eligible for the CARES Housing Assistance Program (also known as CHAP) and should proceed with your application.

  • Are you experiencing a reduction in or loss of income due to COVID-19? (Click here to review the program income limits.)

  • Are you currently delinquent on your rent payments or do you anticipate falling behind on rent payments in the future?

  • Are you a resident of one of the 15 counties we serve?: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Pershing, Storey, White Pine

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IMPORTANT: You need an email address to apply. If you don’t have one, CLICK HERE to set one up for free.

If you don’t live in one of the counties we serve, please visit:

Clark County Housing Assistance
Washoe County Housing Assistance
Need information about mortgage assistance? Click here.
Need information about utility assistance through NV Energy? Click here.

Additionally, Home Means Nevada, Inc., a state-affiliated nonprofit organization has launched a new tool for struggling Nevada homeowners as part of its ongoing COVID-19 response initiative. The Homeowner Connect is a resource for homeowners experiencing financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How It Works

Applicants must demonstrate how COVID-19 impacted the ability of the household to pay rent. Examples of financial impact include (this list is not all inclusive): reduction in work hours, loss of employment, furlough from employment during stay at home order, or a reduction of income due to reduced business income.

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)

About the CARES Housing Assistance Program

Funding for the CARES Housing Assistance Program was provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress — each state received funding. The State of Nevada identified rental assistance as a priority, and allocated $30 million for this purpose. The Nevada Rural Housing Authority was designated by the State of Nevada Housing Division to administer the program to assist impacted renters in rural Nevada; $5 million is in available funds through December 31, 2020.

Who to Contact (if you need help with your application)

IMPORTANT: NRHA offices are closed to the public but in full operation.

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


We anticipate a high volume of calls and emails. This phone number will provide similar information to this webpage — it will also allow you to connect one of our team members as they’re available. In the event you can’t speak to someone on the phone, please leave a message. Voicemail will be retrieved daily and messages will be addressed and/or returned within 48 hours (business days). Email will also be monitored daily and responded to within 48 hours (business days).