Social Development

The Income Assistance Staff are pleased to provide some general information to assist and answer some of the questions that our clients ask most frequently.  We have outlined some of the policies that determine eligibility for the Income Assistance Program

As per AANDC policy, we are required to verify eligibility criterion as per the application.  This process may take 2-3 business days.  There are a number of reasons for verifying each application.  The following outlines some of the factors of this verification policy:

  • You are required to list your assets and to submit your most recent bank statements (60 days) or your last year’s Income Tax summary (usually mailed in July-Aug).
  • Two (2) pieces of copied identification must remain on file.
  • Residency: You must continue to reside and be living on the Reserve.  A Tenancy Profile must also be signed by the head of your household and kept on our files.  Assessments will take place when required, and a client may receive a residency letter to schedule an appointment with the Social Services office.
  • Eligibility: Whether the client and/or spouse are employed.  Pay stubs must be submitted on a monthly basis to determine eligibility.
  • An exception to the verification policy will be newborn children.
  • All documentation must be provided at the time of the application for Social Assistance.

Employed clients

  • In order to assess employed clients who may work casual, part-time, or full-time hours, each client is required to submit the most recent pay stub(s) to determine eligibility.
  • With the exception of a guardian, Social Allowance (also known as GSA) may be provided to a caregiver who is keeping a child who is not their own.
  • Clients who are employed but have people living in their home that are receiving assistance are eligible for a portion of their hydro to be covered.
  • Clients and spouses (if applicable) must also provide two pieces of identification, a bank statement, and/or Income Tax summary.
  • All documentation must be signed by both the client and spouse (if applicable) before a cheque is released.

Special needs

  • A special needs client is required to apply for special needs item at the Social Services office as there may be documentation to sign.
  • A record will be kept on file to keep a history of a client’s special needs.
  • Eligible Items: fridge, stove, washer, table and chairs, queen bed, double bed, single bed, and bunk bed
  • First time home owners may also be eligible for $150.00 for bedding and kitchen supplies.

Additional information

  • Assessments will be done as required for Income Assistance and special needs verification.
  • Cheques must be picked up within 5 business days, after such time, cheques will be void.
  • Cheques will only be issued to the name that is on the cheque. In the case of medical reasons, a client must provide a note to this effect.
  • Cheques are void for persons who are incarcerated.
  • Verifications must be done accordingly due to compliance purposes as this may affect our funding.
  • Special needs reimbursements must be approved prior to purchasing due to limited funding in budgets.

Income Assistance and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance

With Sioux Valley Dakota Nation transitioning into a self-governing Dakota Nation, Income Assistance will continue to follow the guidelines of AANDC policies and procedures.

If there are any changes to the Income Assistance guidelines, a committee will be developed to review and/or make changes.  Once this committee has accomplished their goals, they will be dissolved.

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If you have any questions regarding the

Income Assistance Program, please contact our office at:

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

Social Development

P.O. Box 38

Griswold MB  R0M 0S0

 

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Income Assistance Office:

Leah Roulette, Administrator

Harlene Hotain, Assistant

Phone: (204) 855-2592 or  (204) 855-2617

Fax:     (204) 855-2679

e-mail:     [email protected]

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