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Department of Self Reliance

Program Overview

The Navajo Nation Department for Self Reliance Program (DSR) is the Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program for the Navajo Nation. The DSR is established within the Navajo Division of Social Services.

What to Expect as a NNDSR Customer

Customers are required to comply with program requirements including: developing a Personal Responsibility Plan (PRP) that reflects their personal goals to achieve self-reliance; and complying with established Work Participation requirements (if applicable).

Purpose of NNDSR

The DSR is a federally funded program that assists eligible families in obtaining the knowledge, skills, and experience while providing necessary resources to become self reliant.

The DSR was created to help families in need. The DSR works with families to help them become self-reliant.

The DSR’s initiatives include:

  • To provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives;
  • To end the dependency of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage.
  • To prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies;
  • To encourage the formation, maintenance, and strengthening of two-parent families;
Self Reliance through Taa hwo ajit' eego

The DSR applies the Navajo teachings of the concept of T'aa hwo aji' eego to empower Customers to take personal responsibility for themselves and their families.

The Pathway to Self Reliance Service Delivery Model serves as guide for staff to prepare Customers for self reliance.

DSR Customers are responsible for decision-making regarding self-improvement and to strive for personal success through hard work, commitment and sacrifice. Customers begin their path to self-reliance by establishing their own personal career development plan.

How do I apply?

Be sure to review the following eligibility requirements before you plan to visit the DSR. You can apply for DSR assistance by completing a DSR Application for Assistance and submitting your completed and signed application in person at a DSR office or mailing your application to your nearest DSR office. Please click here for form.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Have at least one child under the age of eighteen (18); DSR also serves two-parent families due to unemployment/underemployment.
  • Meet income and asset standards;
  • Be U.S. citizens; and
  • Live within the NNDSR Service Delivery Area.
  • In addition: If applying for a child that is not related to you, you must have Legal Guardianship/Adoption papers for the child.
What Are My Required Documents?
  • Social Security Cards
  • Birth Certificates
  • Valid Picture I.D. for Adults
  • Information on Income, Assets, and Resources
  • School Enrollment/Attendance Verification for Minor Child(ren) or Dependent(s)
  • Legal Guardianship documents (if applying for a child that is not related to you)



Three Department for Self Reliance Office Closures for the Week of July 13, 2020

Three Department for Self Reliance (DSR) offices are closed during the week of July 13, 2020. Both the DSR Kayenta Office and the DSR Crownpoint office have been closed in order to take added COVID-19 precautions. The DSR Tuba City office is closed due to high temperatures and no ventilation, caused by no air conditioning within the building. The DSR Crownpoint office is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Both the DSR Kayenta and DSR Tuba City offices will be closed until further notice.


The Department for Self Reliance’s Open Three Days a Week During the Extended Navajo Nation Government Office Closures

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer extended the Navajo Nation’s Declaration of a State of Emergency and the closure of Navajo Nation government offices until July 5th. As a department, established under the Navajo Nation Division of Social Services (NDSS), the Department for Self Reliance (DSR) is considered essential, therefore, the DSR will continue to provide their need-based programs, three days a week, during the closure. However, the DSR Chinle office will be under full closure until June 12, 2020, due to COVID-19 added precautions.




DSR Application for Assistance

Contact Us

DSR Support Services

48 W. Highway 264, Quality Inn Office Complex - Suite 108
P.O. Box 2279
Window Rock, AZ 86515

P: (928) 810-8592    F: (928) 810-8557
TOLL FREE: 1-866-347-2403

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