477-TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

477 comes from Public Law 102-477, which allows tribes to consolidate federal programs. The federal programs that are under Tulalip 477-TANF are Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Workforce Innovations Opportunities Act (WIOA), Job Placement & Training (JPT), and Native Employment Works (NEW).


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General Eligibility

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe
  • Fall below the 200% Federal Poverty Level (TANF, JPT, and NEW only)
  • Live within the service area
    • The 477 Program will provide services for eligible clients in the following zip codes: 98271, 98270, 98252, 98258, 98259, 98206, 98201, 98287, 98292, 98223, 98205, 98207, 98203, 98291, 98204, 98208, 98290, 98296, and 98272.
  • TANF only: Applicants must have dependent children living in the home (biological or court-ordered placement)
  • JPT, NEW, WIOA only: May be a single adult or family and must meet the income requirement
  • Support Services
    • Support services vary depending on the 477 programs being accessed and are based on need. All other available resources to the client must be utilized first. Clients may also be asked to provide proof of denial of other services. Examples are listed below:
    • Food
    • Gas/bus passes
    • Hygiene products
    • Car repair
    • Work clothes or clothing for placement children
    • Rental assistance

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

TANF is a short-term, non-recurring benefit to assist needy families and placement children.
Cash assistance: maximum grant of $1,500 per month, maximum support service limit of $1,500 annually.

TANF Child Only Grant: Monthly cash assistance for court-ordered placement children. The first line, blood-related descendants of Tulalip Tribal members must be referred by bədaʔchəlh. No other descendants are permitted.

TANF Family Grant: Monthly cash assistance for parents with dependent children.

  • One/single parent households with dependent children
  • Two parent households with two parents, (married or unmarried), with dependent children. Only one parent needs to be the biological parent. At least one family member must be an enrolled tribal member of a federally recognized tribe (does not have to be Tulalip).

WIOA (Workforce Innovations Opportunities Act)

This program is offered to adults and youth who are seeking assistance with work experience, on-the-job training, enhancing or specializing job skills, job placement, and/or job preparedness education.


  • Work experience
  • On-the-job training
  • Job placement
  • Support services
  • Training
  • Job preparedness education

Diversion: Maximum of $1,500 every 60 months. Diversion services or diversion benefits are considered support services. This is normally associated with providing benefits and services to prevent families from becoming TANF clients. Applicants must be eligible for TANF, but not a current TANF recipient, and in need of a one-time assistance. A Diversion recipient will also not be eligible for TANF benefits for 12 months after receiving Diversion.

Diversion Services

  • Food
  • Hygiene products
  • Utilities, (water)
  • Gas
  • Other support services that are available to TANF clients that will help the applicant


JPT are employment-related services. Applicants that have accepted new, full-time positions. Maximum limit per year: $500.

  • Applicants can be single adults or families


  • Support services
  • Training
  • Job placement


NEW are employment-related services for applicants who are preparing for interviews or have accepted new part-time, seasonal, or temporary employment. Maximum limit per year: $300.

  • Applicants can be single adults or families


  • Support services and training


  • You can pick up applications at the 477-TANF office, located at 6406 Marine Drive Tulalip, WA 98271, complete and return to the 477-TANF office. Applications must have all supporting documents attached.

  • The best way to know your eligibility for Tulalip 477 programs is to complete an application and submit it to the 477-TANF Department. If you’re unsure of what application you need, please call the mainline at 360-716-4719. After you apply, 477-TANF staff will review it and contact you via phone and mail, letting you know if your application was approved, denied, or pending. Staff will also reach out if you’re missing documents.

  • You will receive a phone call within 24-48 hours and a mailed letter within seven business days. If you’re asked to submit further documentation, please have all documentation submitted as soon as possible, as applications are only valid for 30 calendar days.

  • The 477-TANF Program does offer food vouchers to eligible clients. Community members are also welcome to apply for SNAP or Food Stamps with the Tribal Liaison by contacting 477-TANF and setting up an appointment.

  • To receive assistance with rent/eviction, you must be a current Family Grant TANF client OR not be a current TANF client and be eligible for Diversion Services. Both types of clients must utilize all other available resources before receiving assistance. *Please note: To be eligible for Diversion, you must meet all TANF eligibility requirements.

  • 477-TANF is only allowed to assist with PUD for Diversion clients or if the program receives specific funding for energy assistance. Clients must also show they’ve applied for LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) through Snohomish County and have been denied.

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6406 Marine Drive
Tulalip, WA 98271
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Note: For the Monthly Eligibility Reports (MERs) listed below, the Benefit Month is the following month. Example: MER due September 5th, Benefit Month is October.