(Tribes Assisting Native Families)
Squaxin Island TANF Table
At Health Fair
The SPIPA Intertribal TANF Program provides assistance to eligible Native families living in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, and Kitsap Counties on the behalf of the Nisqually, Squaxin Island, Skokomish, and Puyallup Tribes. We serve our clients through six offices (three tribal locations, two urban locations, and an administration office).
TANF Staff From All Sites Pose for One Group Picture
The TANF staff assists clients in meeting their basic needs, but they will also assist in removing barriers to employment and provide services to ease their transition into self-sufficiency. Clients of SPIPA TANF develop Individual Responsibility Plans (ISPs) with their Case Managers to develop goals to achieve self-sufficiency and to discover how SPIPA TANF can help them achieve those goals. ISPs are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are progressing toward their goals and to identify ways SPIPA TANF can help.
TANF The assistance can include monthly cash grants, employment training, education (GED and college), enrichment activities, and some support services, as well as non-Recurring Short Term Benefits (NRSTBs) to assist with emergency needs. Our activities may focus on completing one's education, training to assist in a particular trade, job search, family strengthening, and youth activities. All of our activities are designed to service the purposes of TANF.
The Four Purposes of TANF Are:
- Assisting needy families so that children can be cared for in their own homes.
- Reducing the dependency of needy parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage.
- Preventing out of wedlock pregnancies.
- Encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.