CN operates General Assistance program

BY STAFF REPORTS
01/11/2020 02:30 PM
TAHLEQUAH – The General Assistance program is funded through the Bureau of Indian Affairs and administered by the tribe’s Human Services via its Family Assistance department. This program is a financial assistance service for eligible Indian families to address essential living needs. 

Assistance is based on welfare payment standards and is considered a secondary resource to the Department of Human Services TANF program and Social Security SSI program.

Families who are eligible for TANF and SSI are required by federal regulations to apply and comply with their guidelines and requirements. When families are not eligible for General Assistance or any other Family Assistance program, then they are referred to other agencies. 

To be eligible for, families must meet eligibility standards developed by the BIA: must be a citizen of a federally-recognized tribe, live within the CN jurisdiction for the past six months, not have sufficient resources to meet the essential living needs, additional eligibility criteria could be required based upon the family situation, cannot receive General Assistance from another tribe concurrently while receiving General Assistance from the CN.

Documentation is required for all eligibility elements before assistance can be rendered.

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