California Tribal TANF – Aid for Native Americans

The Tribal TANF in California provides cash assistance to eligible children and families of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

They also help Indian Tribes living in California with education, career development, training, employment, and temporary financial assistance for them to be self-sufficient.

Sixteen Tribal TANF are serving counties across California including but not limited to Humboldt, Tulare, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

The Tribal TANF offers an array of assistance services to qualified families.

These are the assistance services of the tribal TANF:

  • Monthly cash assistance
  • Stipend for child care costs
  • Emergency food assistance
  • Utility expenses
  • Housing and emergency shelter expenses
  • Job search assistance
  • On the job training
  • Teen pregnancy prevention and education
  • Referrals to other agencies and organizations

Eligibility for the Tribal TANF includes being a member of one of the federally recognized Indian tribes and having an income of less than or equal to the 200% of the federal poverty level.

Any members of the participating tribes receive services just like any resident of California who receives CalWORKS benefits.

A Tribal TANF participant is required to work or have work-related activities done for the minimum hours a week.

Single parents who have children under the age of one may choose to exempt themselves from the work requirements until their child reaches the age of one.

To learn more details for applying for Tribal TANF, contact:

CalWORKs Eligibility Bureau

Tribal TANF Unit

(916) 654-1322

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