Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is the federal financial assistance program that replaced the AFDC (Aid to Families with Dependant Children). The Lower Elwha Tribe implemented it’s own TANF program October, 1998.
TANF enables states and tribes to design a program for financial assistance to low income tribal families with minor children for up to a maximum of 60 months, and requires that all adults be engaged in approved work activities.
The purpose of the program is to provide temporary assistance to enrolled tribal members while they are seeking employment, are under-employed, or are temporarily incapable of employment that will meet their families needs
The goal of the TANF program at the Lower Elwha Klallam Social Services is to assist members to be able to meet their needs through employment and to not require the services of programs such as TANF for their basic needs, and become self-sufficient.