Who is a Displaced Homemaker?
A Displaced Homemaker is the family member who maintained the home while someone else in the family was the primary wage-earner. One common example is a married couple where the husband provided the family’s primary financial support through employment wages, while the wife maintained the home by providing unpaid domestic labor and/or child-rearing responsibilities.
When the family’s financial support is suddenly lost through divorce, death, job loss, or other circumstances removing the primary wage-earner from the family, the member of the family who maintained the home becomes a “Displaced Homemaker.” The person may have been either unemployed or underemployed during the time he or she was a homemaker, so long as the homemaker was dependent upon another person for financial support.
What is the Nevada Displaced Homemaker Program?
Nevada, like many other states, created a law that states “Displaced Homemakers should be provided services that would enable them to gain the knowledge, experience and self-esteem to become employed and self-sufficient.”
The Displaced Homemaker Program, in partnership with the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation (DETR), is funded in part by divorce fees paid to the state courts.
The Displaced Homemaker Program offers a variety of services, including:
- Career counseling
- Job search assistance
- Interviewing skills
- Access to education or vocational training
- Money management information
- Referrals to other resources
- Support group information
- Personal growth support
Each client is interviewed to determine his or her needs. A program is then designed to outline the necessary steps to establish a career. There is no charge for services to displaced homemakers.
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