It shall be the mission of the Bishop Paiute Tribe Social Services program to assist enrolled tribal members in achieving self-sufficiency and family stability who reside within the service area of Inyo and Mono counties. Supportive Services can be provided to tribal members who meet the program criteria along with providing referrals for outside resources as they may be eligible for. The Social Services Department will strive to treat all tribal members in a fair and impartial manner and shall process all requests for assistance in a fair and expeditious manner.
The Bishop Paiute Tribe Social Services Department administers federal, state and grant funded programs to our enrolled tribal members. These programs along with their description, funding information and eligibility and/or qualification and requirements are listed below.
The General Assistance Program is a temporary, emergency service used for the essential needs of food, clothing, shelter, and utilities to clients deemed eligible for services provided by the Bishop Paiute Tri be pursuant to the Code of Federal Regulation 25 CRF §20.
Tribal CCDF M1ssion
Tribal CCDF direct service dollars are to provide financial assistance to eligible and low-income families in need of child care. Parents can choose from available licensed or license exempt child care. Types of care might include: center-based care, group-home care, in-home care and relative/family-home care. All child care providers must meet applicable requirements including Tribal CCDF Provider Eligibility Standards.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
LIHEAP is administered with federal funds through the u.s. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and is not tribally funded. LIHEAP provides utility assistance to low-income families who meet certain income based requirements as set forth by the annual federal poverty level index. Mandatory guidelines and specific application requirements are set forth as they apply to federal LIHEAP statutes. Every state and individual Tribe set forth their own eligibility requirements for the distribution of LIHEAP in their service area.
Energy Assistance – is designated for winter heating or summer coolant costs, and if approved payment will be paid directly to the vendor for electric, natural gas or propane services. The energy assistance does not assist with past due or delinquent accounts, nor does it assist with deposits, disconnection notices, or reconnect ions in accordance to federal regulations.
Crisis Assistance – is for emergency assistance to prevent disruption of service of gas or electricity. In order to be eligible to receive assistance the applicant’s household income must meet the State Median Guidelines.