Swannanoa Valley Transitional Housing Committee

How the Swannanoa Valley Transitional House Works

• Prison officials, including their re-entry coordinator, recommend women they feel would benefit from our program. They give each woman an application form with the SVTH policies, procedures and guidelines for being accepted as a resident. Women who wish to live in the house must agree to these terms by signing the application.

• Individual appointments are arranged. Then a person from the SVTH board selection committee goes to the prison and brings the applicant to the house to be interviewed by the house manager and the board selection committee.

• When a woman comes to live at the house she receives a warm and friendly welcome from the House Manager, who reviews all the rules and guidelines and explains that each resident is also expected to help with household chores.

• Next, the House Manager guides her through the process of developing transitional goals and planning for her future. With written long-term goals, she and the house manager discuss appropriate steps to achieve these goals, and together they create her schedule.

• The House Manager arranges for her to enroll in appropriate job skill training or classes and requires her to submit ten job applications. A list of community services and resources is made available to enable her to make necessary appointments and locate various support systems, such as AA and churches.

• Once a week, the House Manager reviews goals with each woman.

• Every 30 days, the Manager and SVTH personnel committee review each woman's progress    toward her goals and make suggestions to help her accomplish these goals.

• When a woman is successfully accomplishing her goals, has a stable job, found appropriate housing, and the house manager and personnel committee feel she is ready, then with our blessings she is sent on her way with renewed skills and hope for the rest of her life's journey.

Some Staggering Statistics:

Each year 41% of the admissions to prison for felony crimes are recidivist, also each year 53% of the admissions to prison for misdemeanor crimes are recidivists. NC Department of Corrections currently houses approximately 2850 female inmates. Women are the fastest growing population in the prison  industry. In 2008, the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women (SCCW), then Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women, had an inmate population of 80 women. Presently SCCW houses 270 inmates and has the largest capacity for expansion of all women’s prisons in the state. A population of 495 inmates is expected at SCCW.

Women who are most vulnerable are without a home plan. To have a home plan the inmate must either, own a home, or have a family member or a friend who will commit to providing shelter, or be accepted into a fee or free shelter which will commit to providing shelter for an extended period. On the day a sentence is completed, an inmate without a home plan is transported to the steps of the convicting county courthouse and released. If the inmate has been in prison more than 2 years she is given $45.00, if less than 2 years she receives no money. No money, no food, no clothes and now homeless. 70% of inmates released into this situation return to prison within 3 years.

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