Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – Contra Costa County

This program provides welfare related services to needy Indian families with children, or those expecting children, who are in need of temporary and appropriate cash assistance and other supportive services. Scotts Valley was approved on September 10, 2007 as a provider for this federally mandated program; with the program opening on January 1, 2008.

The program defines needy families as those with total family income equal to or less than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. Families meeting this income and other asset limitation guidelines will be eligible to receive cash assistance and supportive services. The Program has determined that some supportive services may not require income as a requirement for services, such as teen pregnancy prevention and marriage promotion.

The Program serves only needy Indian families and their descendants living within Contra Costa County. At least one child of the family must prove membership or that they are a descendent of a federally recognized Indian Tribe or a descendent of a person(s) listed on the California Judgment Roll.

Program services provide parent or caretaker participants with job preparation, work related assistance and other supportive services to enable them to eventually leave the Program and become self-sufficient (a maximum of five years in the Program).

It is the intent of the Program that assistance shall be provided promptly with particular concern for the preservation of Indian family life.

The Program may provide funds and/or services to families at risk of welfare dependency. The Program will also comply with all Federal mandates of Public Law 104-193.

The Program will monitor family characteristics and births and measure progress and outcomes by collecting data each month that will meet the quarterly reporting requirements as outlined in 45CFR §286.255.