Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

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The EBCI Tribal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

(TANF) Program is committed to helping and encouraging Indian families live their lives independent from welfare assistance by promoting short term assistance for long term stability.

The TANF Program serves families who are enrolled members of EBCI or other federally recognized tribes and live on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in parts of Swain, Jackson, Cherokee, Graham and Haywood counties in Western North Carolina.

In addition to being an enrolled member and living on the Qualla Boundary you must have at least one minor child in the home.

Tribal Child Support Services can assist with location of persons responsible for child support, establishment of paternity, establishment of court orders for support, enforcement of court orders and modification of child support orders. Services are available to anyone. In addition, the Tribal Child Support office is also the location of the Tribal Payment Center. Individuals may come and make payments by check or money order anytime during business hours. After hours payments may be put in the drop box located on the front of the building. Tribal Child Support Services cannot assist with custody or visitation.

Medicaid and Food Nutrition Services eligibility office is open at the TANF building. In collaboration with NC DHHS, the office is open on the Qualla Boundary to provide services such as intake applications, process recertifications, and process changes. 

A Child subsidy representative from Southwestern Child Development is now available in person at the TANF office on Wednesdays (7:45 am – 4:30 pm). Amber Moore is the contact, and she can be reached anytime by email at Moore.Amber@swcdcinc.org. or by phone here at 828-497-4317 option 6. When she is not in our office, she can be reached at 828-488-6921 ex 2067.

Tribal Child Support/TANF

1526 Acquoni Road
PO Box 427
Cherokee, NC 28719

Sandra Cloer
Director of Services

828-497-5736 (fax)
828-736-4301 (cel)

MARCH 2020: Until further notice: Applications may be picked up at the front door, completed and placed in the dropbox.



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