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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)

Announcements

April

NAVAJO DIVISION OF SOCIAL SERVICES COVID-19 BURIAL ASSISTANCE

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has taken an emotional impact on families who have lost a family member due to the COVID-19. An additional impact is the unexpected expense to put to rest the
family member. To assist during this very difficult time, the Navajo Division of Social Services (DSS) has established the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Burial Assistance to help Navajo families with
the burden of the financial expense.

March

Window Rock, Arizona

The Navajo Family Assistance Services’ Offices that provides Burial Assistance and General Assistance will be closed to all clients and visitors, March 16 - April 3, 2020 to prevent spread of COVID-19

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer announced a temporary reduction of Executive Branch employees for the next three weeks to prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the Navajo Nation.

The Department for Self Reliance’s (DSR) Navajo Family Assistance Services (NFAS) section is responsible for administering the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Navajo School Clothing Program (NSCP), General Assistance (GA), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), and Burial Assistance (BA).​

March

Window Rock, Arizona

Department for Self Reliance will be closed to all visitors March 16, 2020 to April 3, 2020 to prevent spread of COVID-19

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer announced a temporary reduction of Executive Branch employees for the next three weeks to prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the Navajo Nation.

The Department for Self Reliance is under the Division of Social Services, and is considered an essential direct service. Therefore, the DSR will not discontinue operations, but they will reduce the number of staff working days and close their offices to all visitors for the next three weeks.

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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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