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 Requirements:

  • Please note that each of the 477 programs may have further eligibility requirements. The best way to determine eligibility is to complete an application and submit all required documents.

To be eligible for 477 Program Services, a client must:

  • Be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe
  • Live within tribes’ designated service area, which includes the following zip codes: 98271, 98270,98252, 98258, 98259, 98206, 98201, 98287, 98292, 98223, 98205, 98207, 98203, 98291, 98204,98208,98290,98296, and 98272
  • Meet income guidelines
  • Complete a 477 Program Application
  • Complete an Individual Service Plan (ISP)

In certain circumstances, a client may be asked to provide further documentation including, but not limited to, income, resources, employment status, or Selective Service verification.

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

TANF is offered as cash assistance, supportive services, and employment assistance. The 477-TANF Program offers two types of cash assistance: Child Only (Children in court-ordered placement homes) and Family Grant (Parents of dependent children).

WIOA (Workforce Innovations Opportunities Act)

WIOA is designed to assist with job placement for individuals who have barriers to employment and may need work experience. The Tulalip 477-TANF Program works with internal and external agencies to offer positions to clients that promote permanent job placement, work experience, and training opportunities.

JPT (Job Placement & Training) & NEW (Native Employment Works)

JPT and NEW offer employment-related support services for individuals. Available services and limits may differ depending on the type of activity: job searching, accepting part-time or full-time employment, advancing in employment.

Support Services:

Support services offered are limited to funding available and are need-based. All other available resources must be exhausted before clients are eligible for support services. Examples include food, gas, clothing, and hygiene.

  • Transitional Services for TANF clients entering the workforce
  • Diversion Services for those clients that need a one-time, emergency assistance to avoid becoming a TANF client


  • 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
(Driving Directions)

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.