Cultural Activity Day At Crescent City TANF
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Mission of the Yurok TANF program (YTTP) is to help Yurok needy
families work toward and achieve self-sufficiency in a culturally
Vision & Purpose Statement:
is the vision of this program that Native American families will, using
the unique culture and values of the Yurok Tribe, develop their
individual capacities to self-sufficiency, enhance their future through
personal and job skill development, increase family stability, and
reduce risk factors. The end result will help to assure that
Indian children grow up in a stable and safe environment that promotes
their healthy development and preparation to become productive citizens
Four purposes of TANF:
1. Assisting needy families so that children can be cared for in their own home
2. Reducing the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
3. Preventing out of wedlock pregnancies
4. Encourage the formation and maintenance of two parent families
1. Increase the employability of TANF clients
2. Increase employment opportunities
3. To prevent and reduce the unwanted and unplanned pregnancies
4. Encourage healthy and stable families
Yurok Tribal TANF program will serve all eligible needy families with
at least one member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe residing on
the Yurok Reservation, and families with at least one eligible Yurok
Tribal member within the Yurok Tribal Service area of Humboldt and Del
The Yurok Tribal TANF Service Area includes the Yurok Reservation and the BIA service area of Del Norte and Humboldt Counties.
following eligibility is for all program offered through the Yurok TANF
Program. In addition to the list criteria there will also be
program specific eligibility depending on the type of service.
Please contact the TANF office nearest your location they will be more
than happy to answer specific questions you may have.
One member of the family must be an enrolled member of the Yurok
Tribe if the family resides off of the Yurok Reservation, or a member
of a federally recognized tribe if the family resides within the Yurok
Reservation boundaries. The enrolled member can be a child.
Indian/non-Indian single parent with eligible children or
expecting (individuals will become eligible for YTTP Services in their
third trimester of pregnancy), or
· Indian/non-Indian two parent families with eligible child(ren), or
Indian/non-Indian needy or non-needy caretaker with eligible
child must be related by blood, adoption, marriage or identified as a
non-related extended family member by the Yurok Tribe Social Services
· The parent must be the primary custodian of the children that are qualifying them for the TANF program.
Types of Programs:
The Yurok Tribe TANF program has three separate types of programs to assist families.
1. Cash Assistance:
This program is for families who have an eligible child in their home
and have a family income of less than 135% of the federal poverty
guidelines and must not have exceeded their 60 months of available
aid. This time includes months assisted by the County TANF
This program is for families who were cash assistance cases but have
gained employment which has exceeded the 135% of the federal poverty
guidelines. This program will assist clients to maintain
employment by providing mileage, childcare and vehicle repair for
twelve (12) months or until the family reaches 200% of the federal
poverty guidelines (whichever occurs first).
The purpose of this payment is to meet a specific crisis situation or
episode of need that is expected affect employment of the client and to
eliminate the need for ongoing cash assistance. A diversion payment is
considered a non-recurring short term benefit. Diversion will
provide a nonrecurring payment to eligible individuals or families as
an alternative to ongoing cash assistance.
4. Employment Services:
This program is intended to assist families with children who are not
income eligible for TANF cash assistance due to excess earned income
over 135% of the poverty level; however, their earned income is at or
less than 200% of the poverty guidelines for their household
size. Employment Services clients are only eligible for; mileage,
child care, and vehicle repair.
Individuals not eligible for YTTP:
An individual who is fleeing to avoid prosecution, custody, or
confinement for committing, or attempting to commit a felony.
An individual who has committed fraud in order to receive cash
assistance or support services within the last two years.
· Household members who are ineligible as the result of a sanction
· SSI participants are exempt from the household.
An individual who is convicted of a drug felony after July 1,
2003, unless they have completed an approved drug rehabilitation
program. Verification is required.
· An individual who does not meet the TANF income criteria.
An individual who has refused adequate employment within the last
45 days prior to the date of the application is not eligible for 90
· An individual who has refused to accept
or maintain employment. This will result in a three month denial
· An individual convicted of molesting a child is never eligible.
· A household who has one or both adults who have received County or Tribal TANF assistance for 60 months.