The intent of the Thlopthlocco Social Services Program is to promote the general welfare needs of Tribal member’s through direct assistance for essential needs during socio-economic hardship and other unforeseen crisis that impact families and Elders in the services area. Thlopthlocco Social Services also provides assistance with educational, medical and clothing vouchers and school supplies. A summary of program services include:
-Elderly Utility Assistance-Elders ages 60 and over may apply for assistance in paying utility bills. Long distance phone charges, Cable television, and internet charges are not an allowable cost. Original bills/invoices are required with the application, service statement must be in the tribal member’s name unless married, and a marriage certificate must accompany the application.
-Tribal Utility Funds for tribal members ages 18 to 59 are available to assist with utilities for those who meet an income eligibility guideline. All original bills are required with the application, the utility services must be in the tribal members’ name unless married, and a marriage certificate must be turned in with the application.
-Motor Fuels assistance for in-state tribal members, which provides a limited amount annually for medical assistance, school clothing, and High School Seniors. Motor Fuels Emergency Assistance cap is $200 in assistance for the emergency needs of tribal members who meet the income guideline. Emergency must be documented on the application form.
-Higher Education assistance is available for students enrolled in fall or spring classes. Vo-tech students are also eligible to receive assistance.
-School Clothing assistance is limited to tribal members per school year for grades K-12 from May 1, to October 31. A letter verifying enrollment for each child on the schools' letterhead must be submitted with the application. Out-of-State School Clothing Same information, same as above.
-Assistance is provided on a one-time application within a 10-year period for Legal Aid. Assistance can be used for bankruptcy, civil cases, divorce that involve minor children and probate services. (There are only eight applications accepted per year.)