Employment, Training and Child Care

477 Department

Department Staff: Nicholai Joekay, ETCC Director; Mary Simon, 477 Specialist; Kristy Evans, Program Services Coordinator.

Public Law 102-477 Department Services

These services are available for Alaska Natives and American Indians who live in Bethel:

  • Child Care: at-home relative and non-relative child care, subsidized payments for child care center tuition
  • Education and Training: scholarships for college or vocational training- ONC Tribal Members are given priority in this services, as funds are limited
  • Economic Development- creation of jobs, including quality child care providers
  • Supported Work Services
  • Case Management
  • Johnson O’Malley- work with the local schools to encourage students to stay in school and to enrich the quality of their education
  • Youth Employment Services- during summer work to prepare youth for the world of work
  • Job Placement and Training- helps remove barriers to self-sufficiency
  • Other – Job Search, Counseling, Referral

BIA Financial Assistance and Social Service Programs

These services are available for Alaska Native and American Indians who live in Bethel:

  • General Assistance- cash assistance for bills (except for phone bill), must apply on a monthly basis
  • Burial Assistance- deceased must have lived in Bethel for at least 6 months (special exceptions apply)
  • Emergency Assistance

ONC Burial Donation

Separate from the BIA Burial Assistance, for ONC Tribal Members only- must provide proof of ONC enrollment

Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Bill Pay (Electric, Heating Fuel, Firewood) – regular and crisis
  • Weatherization
  • available for all people who reside in Bethel, regardless of race



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