General Assistance

Types of Assistance Available

Douglas County Social Services may assist residents with living expenses including food, rent, and utility bills. In each case, a current DCSS application must be on file and supported by requested documentation. Appointments to determine eligibility for the following programs can be made by calling 775-782-9825.

In most cases, during an appointment, referrals to other resources will also be made.

For the Spanish version of the DCSS application, please click here.


Many individuals and households may be eligible for vouchers to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet. The Food Closet can also be helpful in obtaining non-food needs such as personal care items, paper products and diapers. These vouchers are often used as a way to extend any food stamp (SNAP) benefit the household receives or reserve cash funds for other expenses.


A household that meets county income guidelines may be eligible for assistance in paying rent not more than one time per year. All household income is assessed in determining the amount that can be paid toward a resident's rent. It cannot be expected that the whole amount of rent can be paid and the landlord must agree to accept the terms of the county's payment. In each case, the resident must also have a clear plan for continued payment of rent after the county assistance. Other qualifications may apply depending on household characteristics.


Households meeting county and/or other program guidelines may be eligible for assistance in paying necessary utility bills. Necessary utilities include power, heat, and water. Whenever possible, the household will be referred to additional support services that exist in the region including Energy Assistance Program, SAFE, Salvation Army, etc. Utility assistance is available no more than once per year per household.

DCSS is an intake site for the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) and can take your application with all the necessary documentation to submit to EAP with a record of its submission date.

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