Candidate families are referred from various local agencies: Dorcas or Wake County Public Schools, 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:
- Working families with school aged children (18 and under).
- Working full time, at least 37 to 40 hours a week at an approximate hourly rate of $11/hour.
- Applicants with criminal records or other documented felonies within the previous 12 months are typically disqualified.
- Applicants must be clean of substance abuse for at least 18 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.
Contract – Families sign a contract that they agree to the terms of the 16-week program.
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, housing is provided to the family for their 16 week participation. Instead of rent and utility payments, 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.