Self-Sufficiency Division

The Self-Sufficiency Division houses the following programs:

  • Tribal TANF program 
    • Tribal TANF is an assistance program for American Indians and Alaska Native that provide cash aid and supportive services to eligible needy children, families, and non-needy caretakers. The goal is to help families achieve self-sufficiency through education, career development, training, employment, and temporary financial assistance.
      • Services may include:
        • Cash assistance
        • Employment assistance
        • Educational assistance
        • Diversion services
        • Emergency services or Non-recurrent short-term benefits
        • Support Services may include, but are not limited to:
          • Educational activities designed to increase economic self-sufficiency
          • Work Participation-related Expenses
          • Culturally relevant supportive services and activities which foster self-sufficiency
          • Substance Abuse education and prevention services for families and children
          • Parenting skills and training
      • May be eligible for Tribal TANF if:
        •   Reside in the 5 counties (Coos, Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt, and Josephine) service area
          • California Residents: must be enrolled TDN Citizen
          • Oregon residents: Are TDN Citizens or members of a federally recognized American Indian tribe
            • Some Coos county tribes opted to not allow their membership to participate in our Tribal TANF program, therefore, there are excluded tribes
        • Are a parent or non-needy caretaker of a child aged 0 – 18 who attends school regularly and will graduate by age 19
        • Meet income and resource eligibility criteria
        • Have not received 60 months of Federal TANF benefits through another tribe or social service agency
        • Are able to meet work participation requirements
  • Child Care Assistance Program 
    • In order to determine eligibility, families must meet the following criteria:
      • Child or children meet the definition of an Indian child
        • Curry county: a child from 0-13 of an enrolled tribal citizen of a federally recognized tribe OR a child (by blood, court decree, or marriage) of an enrolled tribal citizen of a federally recognized tribe
        • Del Norte county: a child from 0-13 who is an enrolled citizen of TDN or a child from 0-13 (by blood, court decree, or marriage) of a TDN citizen 
      • Reside in Curry, Del Norte, or Humboldt county
      • Parent(s) have a qualifying need
        • Attending a jo-training program
        • Attending an educational program
        • Attending an intensive substance abuse program
        • Employment
      • Child Care Assistance Program Application Packet
      • The family meets eligibility requirements based on income and family size
        Eligibility Requirements for Child Care Assistance Program

Family Size

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  • Tribal service programs 
    • Burial Assistance
      • A maximum allowance of $3,500 for enrolled TDN citizen
      • In order to process requests, CFW needs a completed application, death certificate, and invoice/bill from the funeral home
      • Burial Assistance Application
    • Elder Emergency Assistance
      • Available to TDN elders (55+ or older) who reside in the 5 county service areas (Coos, Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt, or Josephine)
      • A maximum allowance of $500 per calendar year to use toward an emergency situation
      • This applies to primary residences only
      • An emergency is a sudden, unexpected, or impending situation that may cause injury, loss of life, or damage to property that would interfere with the normal activities of a person and which requires immediate attention and remedial action. An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, or property.
    • General Assistance
      • Available to TDN Citizens who reside in the 5 county service area only (Coos, Curry, Del Norte, Humboldt or Josephine)
      • Available for three (3) months per calendar year
      • Must be unemployable (see definition in attached application)
      • Applicants with children must apply for TANF services
      • Applicants who are disabled and unable to work must apply for other financial assistance such as state disability, SSI/SSP, SSD, worker's compensation, etc.
      • Applicants who are able to work must apply with TDN TERO department and local workforce center
      • General Assistance Application
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
      • Available to Citizens who reside in Del Norte or Humboldt county
      • The application goes to Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC)
      • CFW gathers application and supporting documentation (income documentation for the past 30 days for all household members who are 18 years or older, energy bill/invoice, responsibility statement, tribal verification) to determine eligibility
      • NCIDC does the final approval or denial based on available funding
    • Medical assistance – Citizens must be enrolled for a minimum of one (1) year to be eligible for medical assistance
      • Medical Assistance Application
      • Medical travel/equipment
        • A maximum allowance of $750 per calendar year
        • Grant awards for travel based on miles traveled one-way from the Tribal Citizens' home
          • 50 – 199 miles (one-way) - $75
          • 200+ miles (one-way) - $150
        • It is the Citizen’s responsibility to request funding prior to scheduled appointments or within 10 business days of the appointment
      • Hospitalization
        • Minimum hospitalization of three (3) consecutive days
          • $100 per day, up to but not exceeding $1,000 in one calendar year
          • Limited to one (1) per year per Citizen
      • Long-Term Therapy – certain life-threatening conditions including, but not limited to; cancer, renal failure, neurological conditions, and coronary heart disease that require Citizens to travel at least 50 miles. Intended to offset the cost of extended and/or repeated treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy,  or kidney dialysis.
        • Limited to one (1) per year per Citizen
        • Not to exceed $500 annually
        • Documentation required: treatment plan from the facility