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Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

About the Program

The Oneida Nation Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program’s mission is to promote work and personal responsibility to strengthen Oneida and other enrolled Native American families. We will work together with the customers and other community resources to promote program goals in a comprehensive manner while respecting individual dignity, culture, and self-worth.

All TANF services are federal grand funds from the Administration for Children & Families – Office of Family Assistance, services are subject to funding availability.

Eligibility: All TANF program componets are for families with dependent children, Non-Custodial parents, and caretakers and must be enrolled members of the Oneida Nation residing in Brown or Outagamie county  or enrolled member of another federally recognized Tribe that reside within the Oneida Nation reservation boundaries.

Services: TANF Cash Payment, TANF Crisis Program, TANF Diversion Program, TANF School Assistance, and TANF Summer Youth Program

TANF is based on the income guidelines set by the federal poverty level (FPL) income limits.  Applicants must complete a TANF Application and provide all the required verification for the services requested.

This is not an entitlement program and eligibility will need to be determined. All diversion and crisis services require a 10% customer contribution. TANF Program Application

TANF Cash Assistance Program

TANF Cash Assistance Program: A monthly cash grant to families that are experiencing barriers to becoming self-sufficient. Also assist with caretaker of a newborn when a new child is born or first-time expectant mothers in their seven (7) month of pregnancy. Second time parent(s) may apply within the first 12 weeks of their newborn.

TANF Crisis Services

TANF Crisis Program: Assist families who are experiencing a crisis including a eviction, fire, disconnection, or where a family is homeless or pending homelessness. Services available include but not limited to:

  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Security Deposit
  • Utilities

TANF Diversion Services

TANF Diversion Program: Assist families with employment related services needed to retain or maintain employment.  Services available include but not limited to:

  • Auto Insurance
  • Auto Repair/Towing Fees
  • Auto Replacement
  • Vehicle Diagnostic Testing
  • AODA Assessment
  • AODA or Mental Health Counseling Fees
  • Childcare Transportation Costs or Registration Fee (limited)
  • Ignition Interlock Device Install
  • Traffic Fines
  • Professional License Fees
  • Educational Expense (short-term less than 10 weeks)
  • Work clothes/shoes or tools
  • Transportation for New Employment (fuel, transit or bus passes)
  • Household Items (recent interruption of income)
  • Driver’s License Fee
  • ID/Birth Certificates
  • Newborn Gift Assistance

Application Required Verifications

The following are required verifications for all  TANF applications:

  • Tribal enrollment verification (Tribal ID card or enrollment letter)
  • Proof of all household income for the last 30 days (TANF/W2, pay stubs from employment, unemployment, SSI, SSDI, disability payments, workman’s compensation, child support, alimony, veteran’s benefits, self-employment (tax return), etc.)
  • Proof of residency (postmarked piece of mail within the last 30 days or current utility bill)
  • Non-custodian parent must provide current child support order
  • Legal guardian must provide court order of placement or statement from Child Protective Services or Social Worker

    Services Requested Required Verifications

    AODA Assessment/Driver’s Safety, Group Dynamics, Multi Offender

    • Verification of court-ordered AODA assessment, driver’s safety, group dynamics, multiple offender

    Auto Insurance

    • Two six-month insurance quotes with matching coverage levels if you have no current provider. One six-month insurance quote with copy of proof of insurance (card)

    Auto Repair

    • Valid Driver’s License       
    • Valid Vehicle Registration
    • Proof of Insurance
    • Two estimates from ASE certified auto repair services (unless vehicle is not safe to drive, noted on estimate)

    Auto Replacement – (all verifications listed for Auto Repair)

    • Verification from ASE Certified auto mechanic stating repairs exceed the value of vehicle and blue book value of vehicle
    • Verification of paystubs for last four consecutive months. Must be employed at least 32 hours a week for four consecutive months at the same employer

    Driver’s License Fees

    • Verification from Department Motor Vehicle (DMV) of driver license fees

    Educational Expense

    • Verification of short term (less than 10 weeks) training fees, must be employed in field or pending job offer

    Household Items

    • Verification of temporary interruption of income (examples: loss of wages due to illness/injury more than three (3) consecutive days, major appliance repair/replace, vehicle repair, or expense of $100 or more)

    Ignition Interlock Device Installation

    • Verification of required device in vehicle, cost of installation, and first two (2) monthly fees

    Newborn Gift Cards

    • Birth announcement of baby within the first 12 weeks of life

    Rent/Security Deposit

    • Landlord Verification Form (agency form)
    • Current Rental lease agreement/Mortgage Statement
    • Verification of temporary interruption of income (example loss of wages due to illness/injury more than three (3) consecutive days, major appliance or vehicle repair expense of $100 or more)

    Traffic Fines

    • Verification of traffic fines showing amount, charge/violation code, with name and address

    Utilities

    • Utility disconnection notice (you must first apply with Energy Assistance Program)
    • Proof of last three (3) months of consecutive utility payments
    • Verification of temporary interruption of income (example loss of wages due to illness/injury more than three (3) consecutive days, major appliance or vehicle repair expense of $100 or more)

    Work clothes/shoes/tools

    Verification of new employment on letterhead (to include employer name and address, start date, wage, hours, and pay frequency, list of required tools, clothing, shoes, required) or TANF Employment Verification Form (provided by agency)

Federal Poverty Level Income Limits (FPL)- Effective 2/1/2019 as issued by HHS

ONEIDA NATION TANF PROGRAM MONTHLY FPL INCOME LIMITS

Household Size

185% FPL         TANF CASH ASSISTANCE 

200% FPL  TANF DIVERSION & CRISIS

     One

$ 1,926.00

$ 2,082.00

     Two

$ 2,607.00

$ 2,818.00

     Three

$ 3,288.00

$ 4,292.00

     Four

$ 3,970.00

$ 5,028.00

     Five

$ 4,651.00

$ 5,765.00

     Six

$ 5,333.00

$ 6,502.00

     Seven

$ 6,695.00

$ 7,238.00

     Eight

$ 6,534.00

$ 7,975.00

     Nine

$ 7377.00

$ 8,712.00

     Ten

$ 8,058.00

$ 8,712.00

Each additional person

   $681.00

   $736.00

 NOTE: When the household has earned income, deduct 20% off total income before determining eligibility. Deduct child support income verified as being paid out of the household, when determining eligibility. Allow a deduction of $200.00 for child support received by household when determining eligibility.

 

TANF Application Required Verifications

All TANF applications require the following verifications:

Tribal enrollment verification (Tribal ID card or enrollment letter)

Proof of all household income for the last 30 days (TANF/W2, paystubs from employment, unemployment, SSI, SSDI, disability payments, workman’s compensation, child support, alimony, veteran’s benefits, self-employment verification with tax return, etc.)

Proof of residency (postmarked piece of mail within in the last 30 days or current utility bill)

Non-Custodian parent must provide their current child support order

Legal Guardian must provide court order of placement or statement from Child Protective Services or Social Worker.

Services request required verifications:

AODA Assessment/Drivers Safety, Group Dynamics, Multi Offender
Verification of court-ordered AODA assessment, driver’s safety, group dynamics, multiple offender

Auto Insurance
Two (2) six-month insurance quotes with matching coverage levels if you have no current insurance on vehicle.
One (1) six month quote with a copy of proof current insurance card

Auto Repair
Valid Driver’s License
Valid Vehicle Registration
Proof of Insurance
Two (2) estimate from ASE certified auto repair service (unless vehicle is not safe to drive, must be noted on estimate)

Auto Replacement – (all verifications listed for Auto Repair in addition)
Verification from ASE certified auto mechanic stating repairs exceed the value of the vehicle
Blue book value of vehicle
Verification of paystubs for last four (4) consecutive months. Must be employed a minimum of 32 hours per week for four (4) consecutive months at the same employer

Driver’s License Fees
Verification from Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) of driver license fees

Educational Expense
Verification of temporary interruption of income (examples; loss of wages due to illness/injury more then three (3) consecutive days, major appliance repair/replace, vehicle repair, or expense of $100 or more)

Ignition Interlock Device Installation
Verification of required device in vehicle
Cost of installation and first two (2) monthly fees
Cost share is required prior to program issuing payment

Newborn Gift Cards
Birth announcement of baby that is born within the first 12 weeks of life

Rent/Security Deposit
Landlord Verification Form (agency form)
Current rental lease agreement/mortgage statement
Verification of temporary interruption of income (example loss of wages due to illness/injury more than three (3) consecutive days, major appliance or vehicle repair expense of $100 or more)

Traffic Fines
Verification of traffic fines showing amount, charge/violation code, with name and address

Utilities
Utility disconnection notice (you must first apply with Energy Assistance Program)
Proof of last three (3) months of consecutive utility payments
Verification of temporary interruption of income (example loss of wages due to illness/injury more than three (3) consecutive days, major appliance or vehicle repair expense of $100 or more)

Work clothes/shoes/tools
Verification of new employment on letterhead (include employer name and address, start date, wage, hours, and pay frequency, lift of required tools, clothing, shoes, required) or TANF Employment Verification Form (agency form)

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