What is Native T.A.N.F.?

The Native TANF program provides temporary aid and services to Native American families that are at risk of welfare dependency. The program focuses on services that strengthen families, prepare workers for jobs and enable recipients to achieve self-sufficiency.

Who is Eligible…

…to receive services from Washoe Native T.A.N.F.?

• Enrolled members or descendants of a federally recognized tribe, descendants of the California Judgment Roll or an American Indian tribal member with at least one Native American child living in the service area.

• In Nevada, services are limited to members or descendants of the Washoe Tribe.

• A family includes at least one Native child (natural, step or adopted) who is under the age of 18 that lives in a household with a Native or non-Native single parent family, two-parent, family, or caretaker relative.

• Have a total family income of less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines for cash assistance.

• Eligible expectant mothers may become eligible for services in the third trimester of pregnancy.


Supported Strategic Goal:

Advance the health, safety, and well-being of the Native American people

Supported Strategic Objective:

Promote economic and social well-being for individuals, families and communities

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T.A.N.F. office locations:

  • TANF Administration

    Susan A. Jamerson MPH,Executive Director

    Roger Mowbray,Deputy Director - Sierra Nevada Region

    1246/1248 Waterloo Lane 

    Gardnerville, NV 89410

    Phone:(775) 782-6320  Fax:(775) 782-6790

    Alameda County, California

    Gordon Forrester, Deputy Director - Bay Area Region

    Kurt Schweigman MPH, Site Manager 

    2030 Franklin St. Ste 400

    Oakland, CA 94612

    Phone:(510) 873-8223  Fax:(510) 873-8227

    Alpine County, California

    Tippy Smokey,Site Manager

    96 C Washoe Blvd., P.O. Box Box 305

    Markleeville, CA 96120

    Phone:(530) 694-2555  Fax:(530) 694-2550 

    Carson County, Nevada

    Lyndah Ghostbear,Site Manager

    2310 South Carson Street, Suite 1

    Carson City, NV 89701

    Phone:(775) 882-9256  Fax:(775) 882-6537 

    Douglas County, Nevada

    Tippy Smokey, Interim Site Manager 

    1528 Hwy 395, Suites 200 & 210

    Gardnerville, NV 89410

    Phone:(775) 265-2254  Fax:(775) 265-7829

    Nevada City, California (Nevada County)

    Pamela Aspinall,Site Manager

    117 New Mohawk Road, Suite D

    Nevada City, CA 95959

    Phone:(530) 470-8505  Fax:(530) 470-8602 

    San Joaquin/Amador, California

    Tina Goodwin,Site Manager

    5151 Montauban Ave., Suite 100

    Stockton, CA 95210

    Phone:(209) 461-6304  Fax:(209) 461-6306 

    Santa Clara County, California

    Joseph Duran MSW,Site Manager

    2480 N. First Street, Suite #140

    San Jose, CA 95131

    Phone:(408) 433-1000 Fax:(408) 433-1004 

    Santa Cruz, California

    Joseph Duran MSW,Site Manager

    2045 40th Ave., Capitola, CA 95010

    Phone:(408) 433-1000  Fax:(408) 433-1004 

    San Francisco/San Mateo, California

    Lenny Plentyhoops,Site Manager

    33 New Montgomery Street, Suite 210

    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Phone:(415)-284-9661  Fax:(415) 284-9655