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Office of Indian Services - Division of Human Services

The mission of the Division of Human Services is to promote the safety, financial security and social health of Indian communities and individual Indian people.

Human Services consists of direct funding and activities related to social services, welfare assistance, Indian child welfare, and program oversight. The objective of this activity is to improve the quality of life for individual Indians that live on or near Indian reservations and to protect the children, elderly and disabled from abuse and neglect. The activity also provides child abuse and neglect services and protective services to Individual Indian Monies (IIM) supervised account holders who are minors, adults in need of assistance, adults under legal disability, and adults found to be non compos.

The Pacific Region Social Services program provides services to local eligible Indians as well as coordinate all Human Services activities at the Reservation level. The social workers work with tribal courts, state courts, and Indian families for the placement and adoption of Indian children in Indian homes. The social workers serve as the contact point for numerous social service agencies that are responsible for child protection, placement, and adoption of Indian children.

Housing Improvement Program - (HIP) is a home repair, renovation and replacement grant program administered by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and federally-recognized Indian tribes for American Indians and Alaska Native individuals and families who have no immediate resource for standard housing. HIP was established under The Snyder Act of 1921 as one of several BIA programs authorized by Congress for the benefit of Indian people.  The program funding is available to federally recognized Tribes and tribal organizations for use in providing program services to Indian applicants who meet the eligibility criteria in 25 CFR, part 256.