Program Flyers and Notices

About Tribal TANF

Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will make available the tools necessary to promote the empowering of Indian families to become self-sufficient so they can support and nurture themselves, their children, and community.

In 1996 Congress amended the Social Security Act, by replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), the Job Opportunity and Basic Skills Program (JOBS), and Emergency Assistance (EA) with block grants to States for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Included in the authorization for this new block grant system were provisions for block grants to eligible Tribes. Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and certain Alaska Native organizations are now provided the opportunity to administer their own TANF programs in a manner similar to the States.

In 1998, the Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association began providing TANF benefits to the 18 federally-recognized tribes in San Diego County and the Santa Ynez Tribe in Santa Barbara County. In 2006, SCTCA began servicing the entire San Diego County which allowed Tribal TANF to also offer services to Native Americans residing off of the reservations. We are excited to have the opportunity to support the needs of all Native people living in the county.

Our program has been created by Native Americans and for Native Americans with the purpose of addressing the cultural, social and economic needs of families and those who are guardians of Native American children.


Tribal TANF Offices


Orange Office
218 W. Lincoln Ave.
Orange, CA 92865
(714) 450-9240


Santa Ynez Office
185 W. Hwy 246, Suite 102
Buellton, CA 93427
(866) 855-8263


Pala Office
36146 Pala Temecula Rd., Bldg G
Mailing: 35008 Pala Temecula Rd., PMB 70
Pala, CA 92059
(888) 806-8263
Escondido Office
350 East Grand Ave. Suite 100
Escondido, CA 92025
(866) 428-0901
La Mesa Office
8100 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 100
La Mesa, CA 91942
(866) 913-3725
Manzanita Office
39A Crestwood
Mailing: P.O. Box 1292
Boulevard, CA 91905
(866) 931-1480

Training Contractors

Two Directions, Inc.

Two Directions, Inc. was established in 1998 to fill a niche and need for training Native Americans residing in North County San Diego. Incorporated in the State of California as a special-purpose, minority women’s corporation, Two Directions operates under a contract with the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Assn., Inc. (SCTCA) to provide training to Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants. It is the mission of Two Directions, Inc. to provide classes to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) participants in North San Diego County Indian Country which will increase their employability and life skills to prepare them for self-sufficiency and employment. Traditions nurture us. New skills empower us. Therein lies the key to improving the quality of life for individuals and for our community.
Address #38 Claudina Lane Rincon Reservation Valley Center, CA 92082


Southern California American Indian Resource Center, Inc. (SCAIR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based tribal organization, established in 1997 under the authority of P.L. 93-638, the Indian Self Determination and Education Act of 1976. SCAIR’s mission is to provide career, educational, cultural, mental health and community services to urban and tribal Native Americans and their families, throughout San Diego County. SCAIR works to assist Participants in reaching personal and professional goals, by overcoming individual barriers and challenges.
Address 239 East Main Street El Cajon, CA 92020

BG Associates, Inc.

BG Associates, Inc. is a Native American-owned and controlled consulting firm dedicated to the advancement of Native American people. Through training and education, we ally with our clients in building skills and improving access to academic and professional opportunities. In order to better partner with the communities we serve, BG Associates, Inc. specializes in providing training and technical assistance for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs; and our clients have the assurance that BG Associates, Inc. is fully knowledgeable of Tribal TANF requirements and regulations. In fact, BG Associates, Inc. was involved in the original planning and designing of the first Native American “cooperative” TANF program ever developed – which includes eleven different tribes in Southern California!
Address 201 E. Grand Avenue Suite 2D Escondido, CA 92025
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