Tribal TANF

Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will make available the tools necessary to promote the empowering of Indian families to become self-sufficient so they can support and nurture themselves, their children, and community.

About

Mission Statement
Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will make available the tools necessary to promote the empowering of Indian families to become self-sufficient so they can support and nurture themselves, their children, and community.

Background
In 1996 Congress amended the Social Security Act, by replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), the Job Opportunity and Basic Skills Program (JOBS), and Emergency Assistance (EA) with block grants to States for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Included in the authorization for this new block grant system were provisions for block grants to eligible Tribes. Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and certain Alaska Native organizations are now provided the opportunity to administer their own TANF programs in a manner similar to the States.

In 1998, the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association began providing TANF benefits to the 18 federally-recognized tribes in San Diego County and the Santa Ynez Tribe in Santa Barbara County. In 2006, SCTCA began servicing the entire San Diego County which allowed Tribal TANF to also offer services to Native Americans residing off of the reservations. We are excited to have the opportunity to support the needs of all Native people living in the county. Our program has been created by Native Americans and for Native Americans with the purpose of addressing the cultural, social and economic needs of families and those who are guardians of Native American children.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Tribal TANF program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • One member of the household must be able to provide proof of membership with federally recognized tribe through enrollment or lineal descendency from the California Judgement rolls.
  • Have a needy, minor dependent in your home or be the guardian/ caretaker or a needy Native American minor or be in your third trimester of pregnancy.
  • Reside within San Diego County or in the designated service areas of Santa Barbara County.
  • Must meet income guidelines of equal to or less than 175%
Required Documents
  • Valid California Identification
  • Birth Certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Proof of Tribal Enrollment or Lineal Descendancy
  • Proof of Income
  • Social Security Income Statements
  • Veterans Benefit Income Statements
  • Current Child Immunization Records
  • K-12 Enrollment and Attendance Verification for all School Age Children
  • Current Bank Statements
  • Medi-Cal/Food Stamp Verification
  • Residency Verification

Families

Our program has been created by Native Americans for Native Americans with the purpose of addressing the cultural, social, and economic needs of families. Our services include:

Support Services

  • Monthly cash assistance
  • Stipend for child care costs
  • Emergency assistance
  • Transportation and/or mileage reimbursements
  • Referrals to other agencies and organizations

Career Development

  • On the job training
  • Career assessments
  • Job search assistance
  • Labor market research

Payment of Employment and Educational Expenses

  • Books and education supplies
  • Uniforms and employment supplies
  • Educational fees
  • Clothing allowance for K-12 students

Incentives

  • Academic incentives for K-12 students
  • GED/Diploma and degree completion incentives
  • Pre-marital counseling and marriage incentive

Educational Support

  • Attend IEP and other school meetings
  • Monitor student progress
  • Locate tutorial support
  • Referrals to youth and enrichment programs
  • Provide a group incentive plan
  • Communicate with school and district personnel
  • Serve as mentors and role models to students
  • Develop an individualized plan to increase student success

Guardians

Our program has been created by Native Americans for Native Americans with the purpose of addressing the cultural, social, and economic needs of families. Our services for guardians & caretakers include:

Support Services

  • Monthly cash assistance
  • Stipend for child care costs
  • Emergency assistance
  • Referrals to other agencies and organizations
  • Clothing allowance for K-12 students
  • Grade Incentives for K-12 students

Family Activities

  • Quarterly family events
  • Annual Back to School Night
  • Cultural enrichment activities

Educational Support

  • Attend IEP and other school meetings
  • Monitor student progress
  • Locate tutorial support
  • Referrals to youth and enrichment programs
  • Provide a group incentive plan
  • Communicate with school and district personnel
  • Serve as mentors and role models to students
  • Develop an individualized plan to increase student success

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FAQ

Families

Q: What if I’m Native American but I’m not enrolled?
A: You must be able to obtain verification from your tribe that proves your Native American lineage.

Q: How do I apply for Tribal TANF?
A: Your first step is to contact the nearest Tribal TANF office in order to determine eligibility.

Q: Do I have to live on the reservation?
A: You don’t have to live on the reservation to qualify for Tribal TANF, but you need to live in San Diego County or Santa Barbara County service areas.

Q: Can I be on Tribal TANF if I’m working?
A: Yes, even if you are working, you may qualify for Tribal TANF services and assistance.

Q: Can I be on Tribal TANF and go to school?
A: Yes, we encourage education.

Q: Is Tribal TANF the same as CalWORKS?
A: Tribal TANF is similar to CalWORKS, however, we provide additional services for participants. If you are currently on CalWORKS, you may have your case transferred to the nearest Tribal TANF office.

Guardians and Caretakers

Q: Can I participate in Tribal TANF even though I’m receiving foster care money from the county?
A: You can receive Tribal TANF while you are waiting for foster care monies to start, or you can choose Tribal TANF and not receive assistance from the county.

Q: Can I be on Tribal TANF if my grandchildren are living with me but I don’t have legal custody?
A: Yes. We will have you submit a notarized form from the parents that lists you as temporary guardian.

Q: Do I have to complete work or education hours?
A: No. Guardians who are deemed self-sufficient will only receive services for the children in their care. Therefore, they are not required to complete work or education hours.

 

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