Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is the federal financial assistance program that replaced the AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children). The Lower Elwha Tribe implemented its own TANF program October, 1998.
TANF enables states and tribes to design a program for financial assistance to low income tribal families with minor children for up to a maximum of 60 months, and requires that all adults be engaged in approved work activities.
The purpose of the program is to provide temporary assistance to enrolled tribal members while they are seeking employment, are under-employed, or are temporarily incapable of employment that will meet their families needs.
The goal of the TANF program at the Lower Elwha Klallam Social Services is to assist members to be able to meet their needs through employment and to not require the services of programs such as TANF for their basic needs, and become self-sufficient.
All members of the family unit must provide complete information to the Case Manager.
Native Status: Where the Families head of household is a documented enrolled member of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe or Alaskan Native Village, or any member is an enrolled member of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.
Geographic Location: Applicants whose household resides East of the Hoko River; West of McDonald Creek; South of the Straits of Juan De Fuca; and North of the Olympic National Park Boundary, are within the Service Area for this program.
For more information call 360.452.8471 ext. 200