Child & Family Assistance

Child & Family Services

Child Care Fund

Bureau of Indian Affairs Child Welfare Assistance Program

Child Welfare Assistance Program provides foster care and (special needs) emergency payments, which focuses on family strengthening and preservation for the Native American communities to be served.

The five tribes who request this assistance include: Bay Mills Indian Community, Hannahville Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Indian Community, Little Traverse Bay Bands Indian Community, and Pokagon Band.

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. will provide foster care and special needs payments on an as needed basis.  Direct payments are made to placements upon receipt of court issued orders, from the tribal courts whom will retain custody of the child(ren), and designate care and supervision to the appropriate social services personnel.

State of Michigan Child Care Program

Child Care Program provides foster care services to those that are not Title IV-E eligible under DHS guidelines for Title IV – E eligibility.

The five tribes who request this assistance include: Bay Mills Indian Community, Hannahville Indian Community, Lac Vieux Desert Indian Community, Little Traverse Bay Bands Indian Community, and Pokagon Band.

Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. will provide foster care and special needs payments on an as needed basis.  Direct payments are made to placements upon receipt of court issued orders, from the tribal courts whom will retain custody of the child(ren), and designate care and supervision to the appropriate social services personnel.

Community Services Block Grant

Community Services Block Grant Emergency Needs Program (CSBG)

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc.’s Community Services Block Grant Emergency Needs Program provides emergency financial assistance on eight Tribal sites for recipients who meet the minimum standard of 125% poverty level. This program address the most basic and immediate needs of low income people.

The program assists households with:

  • Emergency Food Assistance
  • Emergency Housing Assistance
  • Emergency Energy Assistance
  • Emergency Assistance for prescriptions
  • Transportation for medical or dental services
  • Emergency clothing or clothing assistance to obtain employment and/or for foster children

CSBG Participating Tribes and Outreach Workers

Inter-Tribal Council of MI, Inc.
c/o Kim Nystrom, Program Manager

2956 Ashmun Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
Phone: 906-632-6896, ext. 114
Fax: 906-632-1366

Bay Mills Indian Community
c/o Sharon Teeple

12140 W. Lakeshore Dr.
Brimley, MI 49715
Phone: 906-248-3241
Fax: 906-248-3283

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
c/o Dena Wilson

2605 N. Bayshore Dr.
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Phone: 231-534-7134

Gun Lake Tribe
c/o Leslie Pigeon

1743 142nd Ave.
Dorr, MI 49323
Phone: 616-681-0360
Fax: 616-681-0380

Lac Vieux Desert
c/o Betty Edwards

Box 446
Watersmeet, MI 49969
Phone: 906-358-4940
Fax: 906-358-4900

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
c/o Julie Janiskee

7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Phone: 231-242-1626
Fax: 231-242-1635

Huron Potawatomi
c/o Benjamin Tenney

1474 Mno-bmadezeswen Way
Fulton, MI 49052
Phone: 269-729-5151
Fax: 269-729-4829

Hannahville Indian Community
c/o Wendy Thomaas

N-14910 Hannahville B-1 Rd.
Wilson, MI 49896
Phone: 906-723-2511
Fax: 906-466-7397

LIEAP

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

The mission of the Low Income Energy Assistance Program is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high portion of their household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

 PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS FOR YOUR APPLICATION:

1. Copy of Tribal card, social security cards for each member of household, and picture ID (if not on tribal card

2. Past 30 days income.  If no income, please fill out -0- income form for each household member that is not at student over the age of 18 and not working.

3. Copy of heating bill.

If this is for the Emergency component also include:

1. Shut-off notice from vendor.

2. Denial letter from FIA or your local Community Action.

If you have any questions or suspect fraudulent activity concerning an application, please call your local tribal outreach worker or Kim Nystrom at 906-632-6896, ext. 114.

*This is a supplemental heating program.  Please be advised that it takes 10 working days for your application to be processed, and if approved, 10 days for a check to be posted to your account.  It is your responsibility to make monthly payments or payment arrangements to avoid shut off.*

2014 LIEAP Income Guidelines

2014 LIEAP Application

Zero Income Form

Tribal Outreach Workers

Benjamin Tenny
Huron Potawatomi
1474 Mno-bmadezewen Way
Fulton, MI 49052
1-269-729-4422
Wendy Thomas
Hannahville Indian Community
N-14910 Hannahville B-1 Rd.
Wilson, MI 49896
1-906-466-9231
Betty Edwards
Lac Vieux Desert Indian Tribe
Box 249, Choate Rd.
Watersmeet, MI 49969
1-906-258-4940
Julie Janiskee
Little Traverse Bay Bands – Social Services
7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
1-231-242-1635
Kris Schwiderson – LIEAP Program
Bay Mills Indian Community
12497 W. Lakeshore Dr.
Brimley, MI 49715
1-906-248-2527
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe – Social Services
Gail Ruhl
7070 E. Broadway
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
1-989-775-4025
Leslie Pigeon
Gun Lake Tribe
P.O. Box 218
1743 142nd Ave.
Dorr, MI 49323
1-616-681-0360

Title VI Program

The Title VI Elders Program assists tribal elders in remaining independent. Program workers visit regularly with the elders and can identify a change in status or behavior can communicate needs and make appropriate referrals. They can be a vital link between the elder and community service providers.

An expected outcome for the Title VI Elderly Program is to improve the overall health, quality of life, independence, access to services, a safe environment, necessary referrals, and regular nutritious meals.

Nutrition Services Incentive Program

Nutrition Services Incentive Program supplements funding for home-delivered meals and congregate meals.

Caregiver Program

Caregiver’s program services will provide Homemaker services, and the Gathering Place, etc. with the overall goal of keeping their older/frail elders in the community.

Participating Tribes

  • Hannahville Indian Community
  • Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa Indian Community
  • Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians

Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

Workforce Investment Act. (WIA) program is to provide employment and training services to at least 20 individuals located at the five (5) sites Bay Mills Tribal Community, Hannahville Tribal Community, Keweenaw Tribal Community, Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Community and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Community served by the ITC WIA Program. The Tribe decides who the contact person is for any WIA Job Slot coordinated with the Inter-Tribal Council, and the contact person is usually an existing HR staff member and that person will begin the implementation process, assist in determining participant eligibility, determine the participant placement, and address any participant concerns at the local level.

Services are offered to program eligible tribal members who fall below the poverty level. Youth work services are offered to youth ages 14-20 years. Regular program services are available to those 18 years of age and older. The services available to each participant will include, but not limited to: employment, job training experience, resume writing, referrals and assistance to acquire higher education services, assistance to remain in school or return to school, assistance in acquiring, or referral to, a State-recognized GED program, referrals to potential job sources, and limited support services.

Child and Family Assistance Staff

Kim Nystrom, Grants Administrator Cindy Payment, Grants Administrator
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