The Confederated Tribes Of The Colville Reservation

Transitional Services:
Transitional services (benefits) are support services, not cash assistance, provided to a TANF client who is moving off of TANF monthly assistance due to being over the income limit due to employment, to assist the family in transitioning into their new status. Transitional Services are supportive services necessary to support the continued employment; keeping the client from returing to active TANF grant assistance.

Transitional services (benefits) are limited by time, amount and/or achieving a specified income level. Supportive services for clients in Transition may include but are not limited to: gas vouchers, car repairs, car insurance, job related tools & equipment to maintain employment.

A client can receive transition benefits for up to twelve (12) months or until the client's income reaches 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, whichever comes first. A Transitional Plan must be signed before transitional/support services can begin. Limits for transitional services are the same as for regular supportive services and are outline in the Policies & Procedures.

Subsidized Employment Services:
Subsidized employment services may be available for TANF clients possessing either a high school diploma or GED wherein the TANF Program subsidizes both wages and benefits up to the current state of Washington minimum wage rate. The TANF program is choosing to disregard the earned income from subsidized employment. Clients participating in subsidized employment will receive subsidized employment wages in lieu of a TANF grant. The employer with whom the subsidized employment will take place must enter into an agreement (contract) with the client and TANF with the understanding that at the end of the specified training the trainee (client) will be hired.

TANF "Incentive" PROGRAM

The Colville Tribal TANF program has implemented an "incentive" program. The purpose of the "incentive" program is to encourage program participants to achieve goals which will lead you towards the stated TANF program goal of self-sufficiency for you and your family.

The "incentive" program provides financial awards for participants when clear objectives are met. The "incentive" will be awarded with authority and approval by the Social Worker handling your case. It is necessary for you to communicate with your Social Worker in regards to any incentive you would like to work towards achieving.

Incentive awards can be authorized for meeting various objectives. Some examples of an incentive being awarded include:

  • Earning your High School Diploma or GED
  • Earning a college degree: AA or BA
  • Improved Grades and Attendance for Students
  • Other incentive which are approved by the Social Worker

Your Individual Development Plan needs to reflect the objective you are trying to achieve and there fore is very important you maintain communication with your Social Worker in regards to the "incentive" program.

Individual Development Accounts
Individual Development Accounts (IDA's) are a matched savings program designed to promote financial self-sufficiency by building assets for low-income families. These funds are completely exempt from determing a client's eligibility for TANF. Clients make a minimum deposit of $25 per month while meeting financial education requirements. TANF matches the deposit $3 for every $1 the client contributes. The client signs an agreement to use the savings for one of the following assets:

  • Small business startup or expansion
  • Home purchase or construction/renovation
  • Higher Education
  • Automobile
Once the client has achieved his/her saving goal and completed the IDA requirements, the funds are paid directly to the vendor of the asset (i.e., the mortgage company, educational insitution).

Eligibility Standards
All TANF eligible clients with earned income, either subsidized or unsubsidized, qualify for the IDA program. All non-TANF applicants must meet the eligibility standards for a TANF cash grant with the exception of the income limits. The income eligibility standard for the IDA Program is 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. A family must be below the income eligibility standard (200%FPL) upon intake. No particpant will be denied matching funds if they exceed the income limit after they have begun saving. TANF excludes one house and one car. The client must not exceed $10,000 net worth.