Candidate families are referred from various local agencies; WIHN, Wake County Human Services, and others. Sometimes families call TCP through personal contact with other families or graduates of the program.
Qualifications – Families are carefully screened to determine their motivation and readiness to make changes to improve their situation:
- Applicants with criminal records or other documented felonies within the previous 12 months are typically disqualified. They must be clean of substance abuse convictions within previous 12 months.
- A full background investigation and credit report is completed.
- Prior to being recommended for Selection Team interviews, the Program Manager talks with the family to get an idea of child care requirements, domestic issues, or other possible constraints.
- Selection Team volunteers with experience in social work and the program interview qualifying families.
Contract - Accepted families sign an agreement with TCP to enter the 16-week life-skills training program designed to provide counseling in financial management, budgeting, goal-setting, time management, and self-sufficiency.
The contract confirms their commitment to adequately care for the housing provided and affirms mandatory attendance at the Thursday evening sessions.
Housing – With the acceptance into the program, an apartment is provided to the family for their 16 week participation in the program. The environment is intended to be similar to permanent housing except rent and utilities are paid by TCP. A savings plan is established through an escrow account built on fixed commitments from each pay check. This money is often used to obtain the permanent housing required upon graduation from the program.