Eligibility & Guidelines
The Morongo Tribal TANF program will provide Tribal TANF assistance and/or supportive services to eligible needy families and their children.
To be eligible for Morongo Tribal TANF, an applicant must be:
- A Morongo descendant residing either on the Morongo Reservation or in Riverside County (excluding Soboba reservation, the City of Riverside and Torres Martinez Reservation).
- An enrolled member or descendant of a federally-recognized tribe residing on the Morongo Reservation.
- A member of the California Judgment Roll residing on the Morongo Reservation.
An applicant’s family must also meet the following requirements:
- One member (only) of the household needs to be Native American.
- Have at least one minor dependent child in the household. Individuals expecting a child may be eligible for services in their fifth (5) month of pregnancy.
- Total family income equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty guideline.
- Caretakers with eligible child/children who meet the above criteria may also apply for services.
Eligibility criteria are derived from the Morongo Tribal TANF Family Assistance Plan 2011-2014, approved by Morongo Tribal Council and the Administration for Children and Families.
Guidelines for participants in Morongo Tribal TANF:
TANF participants are required to participate in weekly training classes and/or employment activities as follows: 24 hours for a single parent or 34 hours for a two-parent family.
Sixty (60) month time limit for assistance.
All school-aged children are required to attend school full-time with regular attendance. Verification of enrollment and current status is required. Assistance benefits will be reduced until the child/children return to school and attend regularly.
MTTP may continue assistance while parents or needy caretakers are participating in a substance abuse treatment program for a maximum of 90 days.
Parents or caretakers 55 years or older are exempt from work participation requirements. Persons reaching age 55 years are considered to be an elder and deserving of deferential treatment.