The General Assistance program provides financial assistance to those who exhibit an immediate need for essential items such as food, clothing, shelter, and utilities. General Assistance is based on income and, because our goal is to help clients become more self-sufficient, assistance is only granted temporarily.
The goal of the program is to help individuals and their families until other resources become available. Therefore, it is not intended to be a permanent means of support. Individuals who apply must stay in compliance with other resources provided by the Department of Human Services, Social Security, and Vocational Rehabilitation, etc. Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis. The General Assistance program follows the BIA CFR guidelines for Welfare Assistance.
General Assistance Requirements:
- A member of a federally-recognized American Indian or Alaska Native tribe over the age of eighteen (18)
- CDIB must be provided
- The household receiving assistance must reside within the eleven (11) county service area
- A complete list of counties can be found here (link to service area below)
- Proof of income for all household members over eighteen (18) years of age
- Proof of income must include: Check stubs, SSI/SSA/VA award letters, TANF award letters, unemployment benefit statements, child support award letters, and an annual IIM account summary
- Those who do not have income must fill out a “No Income Statement”
- Proof of residence:
- Utility bill, bank statement, other mail, etc.
- Supervised IIM Accounts