California Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program

The California Tribal TANF Program’s core purpose is to assist the Indian Tribes of California by providing the funding, tools, and resources necessary for each Tribe or Consortium to administer its own Tribal TANF Program. 

Who is it for? 

Tribal TANF is an assistance program for American Indians and Alaska Natives which provides cash aid and supportive services to eligible needy children and families.  The goal is to help families achieve self-sufficiency through education, career development, training, employment and temporary financial assistance.

How to Apply: 

To find out if there is a Tribal TANF program in your county of residence, contact your county social services agency. You may also call or walk into a Tribal TANF Office and apply for services.

Tribal TANF Programs and Their Respective Counties

You can also view a California map of Tribal TANF regions. Current as of July 1, 2016.

California Tribal TANF Partnership (CTTP)
Amador*, Butte, Colusa, Del Norte*, Glenn, Humboldt*, Lake*, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, San Joaquin*, Shasta, Solano, Sutter, Trinity, Yuba

Graton Rancheria
Marin, Sonoma*

Hoopa Valley Tribe (Hoopa)

Karuk Tribe
Humboldt*, Siskiyou

Morongo Band of Mission Indians (Morongo)
Riverside*, San Bernardino 

North Fork Rancheria (NFR)
Fresno*, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo

Owens Valley Career Development Center (OVCDC)
Fresno*, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Mono, Tulare

Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians (Pechanga)

Round Valley Indian Tribes

Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians
El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento

Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA)
San Diego, Santa Barbara

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians (Soboba)

Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Contra Costa, Lake*, Mendocino*, Sonoma*

Tuolumne Me-Wuk Tribal TANF (Tuolumne)
Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians (TMDCI)
Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside*

Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California (Washoe)
Alameda, Alpine, Amador*, Nevada, San Francisco, San Joaquin*, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz

Yurok Tribe (Yurok)
Del Norte*, Humboldt*

*Distinctive Service Populations within the Same County.

You can contact CDSS by email at  or by phone at (916) 654-1322.

Information and Resources

For more information and resources visit the Tribal TANF Program website. This resource is designed to assist county eligibility workers and other partners who provide services to the public.

If you are a member of the public we encourage you to apply online at or contact your county social services agency.