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Categorical Eligibility FY 2016

State Tribe
TANF
SSI
SNAP
VA
Other Qualifying Programs or Conditions
Alabama Poarch Band of Creek Indians
X
X
X
Alabama United Cherokee Ani'Yun'Wiya Nation
X
X
X
X
Alaska Aniak Traditional Council
X
X
X
Alaska Bristol Bay
X
X
Alaska Kodiak Area Native Association
X
X
X
Alaska Orutsararmiut Native Council
X
X
X
Alaska Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority
X
X
Arizona Cocopah Indian Tribe
X
X
X
X
Arizona Pasqua Yaqui Tribe
X
X
X
X
Arizona Quechan Indian Tribe
X
X
X
X
Arizona Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
X
X
Arizona San Carlos Apache Tribe
X
X
X
X
Arizona The Navajo Nation
X
X
X
X
General Assistance, USDA Food Distribution
California Berry Creek Rancheria - Tyme Maidu Tribe
X
X
X
California Bishop Paiute Tribe
X
X
X
California Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
X
X
X
X
California Mooretown Rancheria
X
X
X
X
California Northern California Indian Development Council
X
X
X
California Pinoleville Pomo Nation
X
X
X
X
California Redding Rancheria
X
X
California Redwood Valley Little River Band of Pomo Indians
X
X
California Riverside-San Bernardino Indian Co. Health, Inc.
X
X
X
X
California Round Valley Indian Tribes
X
X
California Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians
X
X
X
X
California Southern Indian Health Council, Inc.
X
X
California Yurok Tribe
X
X
X
X
Idaho Coeur d'Alene Tribe
X
X
X
Idaho Nez Perce Tribe
X
X
X
X
Idaho Shoshone Bannock Tribes
X
X
X
X
Nebraska United Tribes of Kansas and SE Nebraska, Inc.
X
Maine Indian Township of Tribal Government
X
X
X
Michigan Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
X
X
X
Michigan Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
X
X
X
Mississippi Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
X
X
X
Montana Chippewa Cree Tribe
X
X
Montana Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
X
X
X
X
Montana Fort Belknap Indian Community
X
X
X
Montana North Cheyenne Tribe
X
X
X
X
New Mexico Five Sandoval
X
X
X
X
New Mexico Pueblo of Laguna Utility Authority
X
X
X
New York Seneca Nation of Indians
X
X
X
New York St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
X
X
North Dakota Three Affiliated Tribes
X
X
X
X
North Dakota Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
X
X
X
X
IIM Monies
Oklahoma Choctaw Nation
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma Citizen Potawatomi Nation
X
X
X
X
Tribal USDA FDPIR (commodities), WIC
Oklahoma Fort Sill Apache Tribe
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma Muscogee (Creek) Nation
X
X
X
MCN Food Distribution Program
Oklahoma Osage Nation
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma Otoe - Missouria Tribe of Indians
X
X
X
Oklahoma Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma
X
X
X
Oklahoma Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma
X
X
X
USDA Commodities
Oklahoma Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
X
X
X
Oklahoma Seneca Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma
X
X
Oklahoma Shawnee Tribe
X
X
Oklahoma Thlopthlocco Tribal Town
X
X
X
Oklahoma Tonkawa Tribe of Oklahoma
X
Oklahoma United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
X
X
X
X
Oregon Confederated Tribes of Coos_Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians
X
X
X
South Dakota Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
X
X
X
X
South Dakota Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
X
X
X
X
South Dakota Rosebud Sioux Tribe
X
X
X
South Dakota Yankton Sioux
X
X
X
X
Utah Ute Tribe
X
X
X
X
Washington Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
X
X
X
X
Washington Hoh Indian Tribe
X
X
X
X
Washington Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
X
X
X
X
Washington Lummi Indian Business Council
X
X
X
X
Washington Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
X
X
X
X
SSA, Foster Care
Washington Nooksack Indian Tribe
X
X
X
X
Washington Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
X
X
X
Washington Quileute Indian Tribe
X
X
X
X
Washington Quinault Indian Nation
X
X
X
X
Washington Samish Indian Nation
X
X
X
X
Washington Small Tribes Organiztion of Western Washington
X
X
X
X
Washington South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency
X
X
Washington Spokane Tribe
X
X
Washington Suquamish Indian Tribe of the Port of Madison Reservation
X
X
X
Washington Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
X
X
X
X
Wyoming Eastern Shoshone Tribe
X
X
X
X
Wyoming Northern Arapaho Tribe
X
X
X
X


Source: FY 2016 LIHEAP Plans.





In addition to determining eligibility on the basis of income under the FPG or SMI guidelines, tribes may define a household as "categorically" eligible,[(Section 2605(b)(2)(A)] also referred to as "automatically" eligible, if at least one person in that household receives assistance under any of the following programs: TANF, SNAP, SSI or "certain means tested veteran's programs."

According to Section D of the Tribal Manual, using categorical eligibility for LIHEAP can simplify the processing of applications. However, to make sure the household is receiving some type of categorical assistance listed above, a tribe may have to coordinate with state and federal government offices, which could result in more time required to process applications. The Manual also says that, although categorical eligibility is allowed under LIHEAP, some tribes feel it gives households an unfair advantage and would rather determine eligibility for LIHEAP based on the total income of the household.