Tribal TANF Assistance and Services

The Tribal TANF program may provide limited monthly cash assistance for shelter, food, utilities, clothing and other basic needs. Needy Indian families will be eligible for
assistance under the 150% of the poverty line. Cash Assistance and other assistance shall be provided as follows:

A) Cash Assistance or assistance through a voucher system
B) Educational activities designed to increase self-sufficiency, job training and work, excluding any expenditure for public or no cost education or training.
C) Required work activities expenditures with no other funding source.
D) Tribal T ANF will provide to recipients all justified job related or educational costs when cooperating with TANF work participation including but limited to the following: books, uniforms, tuition, educational supplies, child care, clothing allowance, transportation expenses and any other related cost. AND, excluding those costs normally covered by the educational system.
E) Benefit standards will be increased for head of household clients and needy
caregiver clients in service area to include housing rent, water and utility
payments. Benefit standards will include TANF clients with a household
agreement with the head of household and the benefit standard will include
housing rent, water and utility payments.

Supportive Services

The Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF program may provide the following services. This list is not all-inclusive and individual families may receive certain services called for in their individual’s work/training plan as approved by the T ANF case manager and as funding permits.

Supportive Services may be offered by the Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF Program as
funding permits. Supportive Services often make the difference between continued
unemployment and the participant’s ability to gain employment. The need for supportive services must be specific, identified in the Individual Improvement Plan, directly related to an approved activity or employment opportunity, stated as an emergency or
nonemergency and other resources are exhausted. Supportive Service payments are not automatic or an entitlement and must assist the family in achieving self-sufficiency.
Clients will be eligible automatically for supportive services.

A) Community economic and job development, as funding permits.

B) Domestic violence services.

C) Culturally relevant support services.

D) Childcare and transportation costs for T ANF participants engaged in approved work activities.

E) Teen pregnancy prevention and education

F) Substance abuse/mental health services aimed at removing barriers to training or work. One-time assistance with payment of traffic fines to retain or recover a driver’s license in the context of removing a barrier to training or work.

G) Emergency assistance in the form of Nonrecurring Short-term Benefits as defined at in 45 CFR 286.10 (b) (I).

H) Non-custodial parent may be eligible for support services and educational/training activities, as funding permits, for the purposes of enhancing the parent’s ability to provide or increase child support payments to the custodial parent and child(ren).

I) Two parent family promotion activities, as funding permits.

J) Diversion services for families at risk of welfare dependency. Tribal TANF will provide supportive services to families who are no longer eligible for cash assistance because of a mix of earned/unearned income to assist the family to stay off welfare, as funding permits.

K) Support services will include transitional services to T ANF participants leaving T ANF due to employment, as funding permits.

L) Assistance may be provided to pay defaulted educational loans (non-Federally funded only) to remove a barrier to education, training, or work, as funding permits.

The Chippewa Cree Tribal TANF program may help recipients with defaulted student loans (non-Federal only). The ceiling for this funding will be $300 and this is for a one-time funding option. The recipient will be expected to follow through with the requirements of the lender(s) of the student loan to come out of default so that they become eligible for other financial aid.

M) Education Policy: Tribal TANF will fund educational costs, excluding those costs normally covered by the public education system, as a last funding source. TANF recipients will be expected to exhaust all other means of educational financial aid. Case managers will help recipients locate and apply for other sources of financial aid.

N) Incentives per funding availability: Incentives will be in the form of a voucher or certificate and will be awarded in recognition for the completion of a high school diploma or HiSet/GED, school attendance, and/or academic achievement. The amount and type of incentive will be dependent upon individual circumstances, and in accordance with the Chippewa Cree Tribal policy manual.