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Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families "TANF" programs are designed to help needy American families achieve self sufficiency.

TANF funding is authorized under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

State governments receive federal block grants to develop and operate TANF programs — annually, TANF grants provide billions of dollars in funding to states, Indian tribes, and territories. 

Tribal TANF FAQ:
WHAT IS TRIBAL TANF?

Temporary Assistance for Needy familier (TANF) is a federal grant program established in 1997 to replace Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) services previously administrated by state and county governments.

Tribal TANF programs (also known as Tribal welfare) are designed and administered by Native Americans to benefit Native American needy families.

Tribal TANF funding provides federally-recognized Indian tribes flexibility in creating welfare programs that promote work and responsibility, and strengthen family units. Qualifying tribes receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish at least one of the four purposes:

  1. Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes.
  2. Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage.
  3. Prevent and reduce unplanned pregnancies among single young adults.
  4. Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENFITS OF TRIBAL TANF IN CALIFORNIA?:

Under Tribal TANF programs: Native American families may receive financial assistance in Child Day Care | Job Training & Tuition | Education | Basic Living Expenses | Transportation | Health Care | Drug Testing & Screening | Unforeseeable Emergency Services | Legal & Diversion Services

TANF EVENT PICTURES BLOG: An extended professional picture gallery of a Southern California Tribal TANF community event on the Viejas Indian Reservation featuring award presentations, and successful TANF participants.

DO I QUALIFY FOR TRIBAL TANF SERVICES?
HOW DO I APPLY FOR TRIBAL TANF?:

As a federal grant program, TANF eligibility requirements are structured and too complicated to present in our general FAQ — it is recommended to contact your local TANF provider and speak with a trained counselor about how to receive Tribal TANF benefits in your region.

WHERE ARE MY LOCAL TRIBAL TANF OFFICES:
a Southern California Tribal TANF Directory
tanfonline.com
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRIBAL CHAIRMEN'S ASSOCIATION
, Inc. SCTCA Tribal TANF Services in the San Diego County area: tanfonline.com.

CTTP
CALIFORNIA TRIBAL TANIF PARTNERSHIP CTTP
is associated with 35 tribes and other organizations that operate tribal TANF programs for Native American people.

SOBOBA RESERVATION TRIBAL TANF
TORRES MARTINEZ RESERVATION TRIBAL TANF
TRIBAL TANF OF SONOMA & MARTIN
SCOTTS VALLET TRIBAL TANF
OWENS VALLEY CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
WASHOE TRIBAL TANF
MORONGO TRIBAL TANF

Please CONTACT US to add your Tribal TANF organization to the California Indian Education Tribal TANF Guide.

I REPRESENT AN AMERICAN INDIAN TRIBE, HOW DO I APPLY FOR TANF GRANTS & FUNDING?:
Federally-recognized Indian tribes are eligible to apply for funding to administer and operate their own TANF programs. This eligibility is described under section 412 of the Social Security Act, as amended by Pub.L.104-193.

TANF gives federally recognized Indian tribes flexibility in the design of welfare programs that promote work and responsibility and strengthen families. They receive block grants to design and operate programs that accomplish one of the four purposes of the TANF program.

The four purposes of the TANF program are:

  1. Provide assistance to needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes.
  2. Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage.
  3. Prevent and reduce unplanned pregnancies among single young adults.
  4. Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

Indian tribes are required to submit a three-year Tribal TANF plan to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for review and approval.

The approved Tribal TANF program then receives federal TANF grant funds equal to the federal share of all expenditures (other than child care expenditures) by the state or states under the Title IV-A programs (AFDC and Emergency Assistance), and Title IV-F program (JOBS) program for fiscal year 1994 for Indian families residing in the service area(s) identified by the tribe in the Tribal Family Assistance Plan.

Source: OFFICE OF FAMILY ASSISTANCE
FEDERAL & STATE TANF RESOURCES:

CDSS
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES CDSS

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
OCR ensures that the TANF Program complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws. As an HHS program that provides block grants to States, territories and tribes, the TANF Program must not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex.

OFFICE OF FAMILY ASSISTANCE
OFA
administers several key federal grant programs, including the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the Tribal TANF program. Our programs foster economically secure households and communities for the well-being and long-term success of children and families.

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
The Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.

Official US Government Website: ACF.HHS.GOV
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CONTACT ERNIE SALGADO (Soboba tribe) for information about revising CALIE TANF information, or adding your own points and resources to make our Tribal TANF guide more useful to the community.

Researched, compiled, designed: GARY BALLARD.

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