Morongo Tribal TANF Program

Our Mission

To support and encourage Native American self-reliance by promoting cultural preservation, healthy families, education and career development

Four Purposes of TANF

The Morongo Tribal TANF program is designed to provide opportunities for eligible needy native families to support in the development of native communities.

  1. To provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives
  2. To end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage
  3. To prevent and reduce out-of-wedlock pregnancies
  4. To encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families

Program Services

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians was granted approval to administer and implement a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program in 2005. The Morongo Tribal TANF Program (MTTP) is a federally and state funded program designed to prepare current and future generations to meet the challenges of achieving self-sufficiency through various means.

The Morongo Tribal TANF Program provides time-limited assistance to eligible native families with children who are in need of cash aid and supportive services including child care, transportation, and work supports. Important tools and skills with regard to job preparation, work, and education are emphasized in order to enable parents or caretakers to become self-sufficient. MTTP also provides Prevention and Family Formation services designed to strengthen life skills and preserve Native American culture. It is the intent of the program that assistance and services be provided promptly with due regard for the preservation of Indian family life.

MTTP is one of 70 approved Tribal TANF programs in the nation, and one of 16 Tribal TANF programs in California. As of March 2014, the Morongo Tribal TANF Program serves eligible native families in two counties, San Bernardino and Riverside. A key team of professional staff members focuses on maintaining tribal communities by providing the necessary tools that develop self-responsibility, self-respect, and self-awareness.

A Brief History

On August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). The Act (popularly known as the Welfare Reform Act) eliminated some federal welfare programs such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and dramatically changed the nation's welfare system into one that requires work in exchange for time-limited assistance. The Act also authorized federally-recognized tribes to manage their own Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs. Funding is awarded and administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA).

Service Area and Population

Banning Site

Eligible Morongo Tribal members and Morongo descendants that reside on the Morongo Reservation or reside in the off-reservation areas of Riverside County, excluding the city of Riverside, and federally recognized Indians, members of the California Judgment Roll, and their children and descendants who reside on the Morongo Reservation.

San Bernardino Site

Eligible members of a federally recognized Tribe, members and descendants of the California Judgment Roll, and their families who reside in the off-reservation areas of San Bernardino County.

Program Eligibility

  • Eligibility limited to families with at least one minor child
  • Native or Non-Native parent(s) with an eligible child
  • Income equal to or less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Needy/ Non-Needy Caretakers with an eligible child
  • Resources - Countable resources not to exceed $5,000.00

Families seeking information regarding program eligibility and services should call 1-844-TANF-411 to speak to Morongo Tribal TANF Program Staff.

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