Social Service Programs

Burial Assistance Program

The Wiyot Tribe established the burial assistance fund in order to relieve some of the immediate financial stress that results from the passing of a family member. Requests for burial assistance must be made within three months of the date of death.

Domestic Violence

The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to adult and youth victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking survivors.

Hunting & Fishing Permits

The fishing license program was created to encourage traditional hunting/fishing practices.  The Tribe will reimburse 1 fishing and/or hunting license per tribal member household per year.  To receive the reimbursement the Tribal member must submit the receipt to the Tribal office with contact info attached.  These are usually reimbursed within 1-2 weeks from the date submitted.

Low-Income Energy Assistance Program

This funding is to provide assistance to low-income households in meeting their home energy costs, particularly those with the lowest incomes and the highest energy needs.  The Wiyot Tribe identifies and prioritizes tribal members giving highest priority to the elders, disabled, and families with young children.  The benefit per household is up to a maximum of $300.00 per fiscal year.

Tribal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

The Wiyot Tribe has partnered with California Tribal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Partnership.  Established in 2003 through the collaborative efforts of 23 members tribes and non-profit organizations throughout Northern and Central California.  Each of the following California counties is served by a Site Office staff that consists of a site Manager, caseworkers(s) and clerical staff:  , (Amador, Butte/Oroville/Chico, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake/Clearlake, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, San Joaquin, Solano, Trinity, Yuba-Sutter).  Site offices are geographically divided into three regions that are supervised by regional managers.

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

Tribal TANF Services are as follows: Cash Assistance, Emergency Assistance, Homeless Assistance, Diversion Assistance, Limited assistance to manage an emergency situation, Education/Career Development, Job search using internet, Job skills training, Higher education, Good grade incentives, Referrals to community based

California Tribal TANF
636 H Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 476-0344 • Fax: (707) 476-0347

Revenue Sharing Trust Fund Fixed Income Utility Program

Did you know that if you are receiving Social Security Disability funds you are required to report your RSTF disbursements to Social Security and once reported these funds will be deducted from your next month’s pay.  Failure to report this income to social security will result in social security deducting the sum of all of your distributions from your monthly income until it is paid in full.  To help social security recipients to benefit from the RSTF distributions the Tribe has worked with social security to create a program called the fixed income utility program.  Through this program the tribal member chooses a non-essential bill such as a telephone bill, cable or satellite bill, or gasoline the tribe pays that bill instead of sending the citizen a check.  This payment will not be counted against the recipient with Social Security.