TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families):
The goal of Osage Nation TANF is to assist our Native American families in becoming economically self -sufficient through overcoming barriers, meeting short term goals,with the overall longterm goal of obtaining and retaining gainful employment. To accomplish this goal, direct and supportive benefits are provided as well as employment, educational, and developmental experiences.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families was established as part of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. A provision in the Act allowed Tribes to administer the program. TANF replaced AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependent Children)
Osage Nation was the first tribe to administer a Tribal TANF Program.
TANF Eligibility Requirements:
- Be a member of a federally recognized tribe and possess a CDIB
- Have children in the home under the age of 19 (if child is enrolled in school)
- Have little to no income and meet the TANF income criteria
- Reside within the boudaries of the Osage Nation Reservation
- Willing to seek and accept employment and meet required work participation
- Must be willing to file child support again the absent parent
**More about the Requirements**:
- Must live within the TANF service area and must have resided in this area for a minimum of 30 days.
- Clients have a 60 month lifetime for assistance regardless of the department or state in which the assistance was received.
- Clients must participate in an employment, education, or training plan developed with the Career Development Specialist and meet a minimum requirement of 20 hrs per week in a program approved activity.
- There are good cause exceptions to the required work activity. Mother with child under one year of age, medical exemption with proper documentation, circumstances of domestic violence, and availability of adequate and affordable child care.
- Clients are required to record their approved activity hours on the Education,Training & Employment (ET&E) Form each month and submit the completed time sheet, with all required signatures, to the TANF office no later than the 5th day of the following month.
- Failure to comply with any portion of a client's individual responsibility plan whether it be reporting changes in household circumstances or providing requested documentation shall result in a sanction of benefits or case closure.
- Clients may appeal in writing a closure or sanction determination within 10 days from the date of determination.
GA (General Assistance)
The General Assistance Program is designed to increase self-sufficiency. Each GA recipient must work with the GA Case Manager to develop and sign an Individual Self-Sufficiency Plan (ISP). The plan must outline the specific steps the individul will take to increase independence by meeting the goal of employment.
FHA (Financial Hardship Assistance)
The Financial Hardship Assistance Program is available only to enrolled tribal members who are 18 years of age and over who have not received FHA within the last twelve (12) months nor have other eligible members of the same household. Assistance is individualized and based on immediate needs and available resources.
Requests for FHA are considered in conjunction with all other resources that may be available to the Osage individual of family including, but not limited to: private insurance, Medicaid, IHS, military support services, Red Cross, Osage Nation Health Benefit Card, Social Services and other tribal supportive services, etc. All other resources must be pursued by the client and/or referred by the FHA Advocate.
FHA funds are not intended for needs such as legal fees, fines, restitution or luxury items (i.e., cell phones, internet and cable bill).
It is the responsibility of each client to collect and provide all necessary documentation in order for the application to process in a timely manner for review and determination.
- Enrolled member of the Osage Nation
- 18 years of age and older
- Have not received FHA within the last twelve (12) months nor has an eligible member of the household
- Income eligible based on income guidelines; last 60 days of income statements
- Completed FHA Application
- Submitted all required and formally requested documentation
- Provided adequate proof of an unanticipated break in income not due to personal fault, rather due to employment -related circumstances or an extenuating circumstance if all resources are exhausted
For more information or to request that an FHA application be mailed, emailed or faxed to you, call Patricia Bigheart, FHA Advocate @ 918-287-5327. You may also pick up an application @ the FHA Office located within the Osage Nation TANF Dept @ Osage Nation Industrial Park, Hominy, OK.
*You may also click on the link below to download the application*
All FHA correspondences will be handled by the FHA Advocate.
The FHA office is located within the Osage Nation TANF office. The main number is: 918-287-5325.