What is Native TANF?

Established in 2005 the Washoe Native Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program is administered by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. The Native TANF program provides temporary aid and services to Native American families that are at risk of welfare dependency. The program focuses on services that strengthen families, prepare workers for jobs and enable recipients to achieve self-sufficiency.

Our Overall GoalAdvance the health, safety, and well-being of the Native American people

Our Objective: Promote economic and social well-being for individuals, families and communities


What is the purpose of TANF?

The goals of the Washoe Native TANF Program are to:

1. Provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes;

2. Reduce the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work and marriage;

3. Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and

4. Encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

5. Provide services in a culturally appropriate way.

6. Strengthen Native families and empower them to be self-sufficient.

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Office Hours

 Monday through Friday
8 AM - 5 PM

Closed Federal Holidays, Indian Day (4th Friday in September), Nevada Day and the day after Thanksgiving


With one car that in was not in good running condition, Maria had to work out a schedule to get all the kids to daycare and school, her husband to his various appointments and get herself to her classes. When asked, what is something she can do now that she wasn’t able to do before entering the Washoe Native TANF program she smiled and said, “Buy a home, teach, help support the last two of her kids in college and travel”. 

After struggling with many obstacles and overcoming them by obtaining a good paying job with benefits Ashley was no longer dependent on TANF. She is very proud of her accomplishments, is grateful for all the assistance from the Washoe Native TANF Program and now knows that she can provide for her family on her own. Her new goal is working towards advancement with her new company. 

Kyle had responsibilities to his family that weren’t being met working at Taco Bell so when he was accepted into the On-The-Job training program at Washoe Native TANF it was an opportunity of a lifetime! He was being paid to work and learn new skills that will work into a lifetime career.  A year later, “With the skills Kyle has learned he could walk down the street and get hired by any one of the half dozen HVAC shops around here” said the shop owner.

Emily and Travis’ marriage is just the latest of many successes that Emily experienced within her first year of beginning the Washoe Native TANF program. With the support of Travis and the program, Emily obtained her Dental Assistant Certificate, and was hired full-time at the office where she completed her externship. With the assistance of TANF’s Marriage Promotion program Emily, along with her two sons, and Travis, have fulfilled their dream of becoming a two-parent family.  

Gregory was determined to transform his challenges into successes, with the help of the Washoe Native TANF program, by committing himself to earning a GED while obtaining employment. He was hired as a seasonal UPS Package Handler and promoted to a regular part-time position. In the future he is hoping to obtain a class A license and drive UPS trucks.

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