Tribal Social Services

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.

Program Overview:

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.

Services Provided:

General Assistance
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.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a Bishop Paiute Tribal Member residing in an approved or designated service area of Inyo/Mono counties;
  • Must prove the inability to meet the essential needs of food, clothing, shelter, and utilities;
  • Must apply concurrently for all other Federal, State, Tribal, County, and local program's that he/she may be eligible.
  • Must NOT be receiving any comparable assistance (SSI, SSI Disability, Tribal TANF, County General Assistance and/or Calfresh (food stamps)).
  • Must meet income/poverty guidelines set forth by the federal government.
General Assistance funds will not be processed for personal telephone or cell phone bills, payments for criminal fines and fees, attorney fees, cable/satellite TV, loans and/or car payments, ,or other types of non-essential payments.

*Limited Funding is Available. Program year begins January 1.

Tribal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Overview

Tribal Child Care and Development Fund administrators work each day to ensure that the children and families in tribal communities have the child care services that best meet their needs. The Tribal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), a federal block grant for States, Tribes, and Territories, is a key resource to help increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care services. With Child Care and Development Funds, Tribal CCDF administrators can support low income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care services so they may work, attend school, or participate in educational training.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:M
  • Parent(s) who are working, going to school or attending a job training or educational program;
  • Eligible children must be age of 0-12; and children ages 13-19 who are with special needs.
  • Families must meet the Bishop Tribe's Child Care and Development Fund, Gross monthly income guidelines. Parents must share the cost of child care by paying a monthly copayment fee based on a sliding fee scale.
  • Income does not exceed 85% of the Grantee Median Income (GMI) for a family of the same size;
  • Child/children is an enrolled member of the Bishop Paiute Tribe;
  • Parent(s)/ Guardian(s), must reside within service area

Waiting List:

Applicant must declare a service need for all adults in the household and verify each family member's wages to determine income eligibility. Waiting list must include a copy of the applicant(s) most recent pay stub.

*Funding is Unavailable at this time. Notice will be given when funds become available. Program year begins October 1.

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 (US DHHS ACF), 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.


The Bishop Paiute Tribes Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program that can assist eligible low income households to manage and meet their immediate home energy costs. Applications are taken and approved on a first-come-first serve basis with priority given to Elder's and families with children. The fiscal year for LIHEAP begins each year on October 1st and runs through the last day of September of the following year.

There are two categories of assistance that are available through LIHEAP during the fiscal year, which are the Energy Assistance and Crisis Assistance. If the applicant has received assistance from the u.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (US DHHS ACF) or from another tribe or agency, the applicant will be denied tribal LIHEAP assistance.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Reside on the Bishop Paiute Reservation;
  • Be a member of a federally recognized tribe.
  • Meet the income guidelines and provide proof of gross income from all sources for all members of the household.
  • Be the responsible party for the energy cost and provide copies of the energy bills.
  • Housing unit must meet the definition of a dwelling.
  • Note: The LIHEAP program uses a priority point system serving those with the greatest need first. Payment is not guaranteed.

    LIHEAP Funding:

    The Bishop Tribe offers Heating Assistance from November 1 through April 30. Cooling Assistance is offered May 1 through August 3. Crisis Assistance is offered depending on circumstances from November 1, through August 31. LIHEAP availability is contingent upon funding. Notice will be given as funds become available.


    The Bishop Paiute Tribe Social Services program is a service provider for the Bishop Paiute Tribal members and administers federal funds under contract pursuant to P.L. 93-638. As such, we maintain tribal member's sensitive, personal and confidential information. All confidential information provided shall be maintained in a locked file and only authorized personnel shall have access.