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Human Services

To promote community self-sufficiency, physical and mental well being for tribal members within the six county service area through direct service provision, education, and community involvement within the spirit of self-governance.

LIHEAP - Federal income eligible programs for federally recognized tribal members in need of heating and cooling assistance.

RAO Tribal Assistance - Guidelines same as LIHEAP

  • Utility Assistance - Max $150 per GTB family per fiscal year and $300 for Elder or Disabled families.
  • Emergency Food Assistance - $50 per GTB member per fiscal year, $100 per GTB Elder/Disabled member per fiscal year, Max $500 per family per fiscal year.

Referral Services - When clients come to Anishinaabek Family Services they are assessed during intake and matched to programs that can meet their family needs. Should they have needs beyond programs GTB offers then they are connected with an outside agency. We work with Father Fred, Help Link, The Navigator, Goodwill Industries and various private foundations.

CARES Human Service Emergency Food- COVID Positive and/or Quarantine Assistance Information:

CARES Human Service Emergency Food funding provided under the Grand Traverse Band’s COVID-19 Assistance Program are available to enrolled Tribal Members living within the six-county service area who have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Emergency Food Assistance - Max One (1) - $250 Walmart Food Card per address for the whole household. *Due to limited supplies, please apply as soon as possible.

Behavioral Health Main Line: 231-534-7090    Haley Lamson: 231-534-7909    Email: Haley.Lamson@gtbindians.com 


During the Regular session on January 22, 2014, Income eligible clients, based solely upon the 2014 LIHEAP Federal energy assistance may receive  additional assistance. $600. for propane/wood; $150. For natural gas/other;$50/per person for food. All requests can be processed at your local tribal facility. 

Due to overwhelming demand for energy assistance all requests will need to be made at your closest tribal facility or at the main office at the Medicine Lodge.

Human Services Client Application FY 2022

Caregiver’s Program - A federal program without income qualifications designed to alleviate some financial burden to the appointed caregiver by way of a food &/or gas voucher. This program also can be utilized by Elders raising grandchildren.

Caregiver Application

Phone: 231-534-7906    Fax: 231-534-7706