Swannanoa Valley Transitional Housing Committee

About Swannanoa Valley Transitional Housing

A Brief History

This is not a new idea for the Swannanoa Valley. Around 1990, Church Women United raised funds and opened a similar home, Steadfast House, in West Asheville, North Carolina. It was successful, and is still in operation. Several members of the original Steadfast House Committee organized the present Swannanoa Valley Housing Committee, with the express purpose of serving women from the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women (SCCW) that is located in our Swannanoa Valley.

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Options were few, and the most obvious need was for a dependable resource for safe and affordable housing - appropriate to foster the achievement of a successful reentry into society. Without housing none of the other aspects of a successful reentry can be achieved. A thorough investigation into the availability of appropriate and felon friendly housing determined that the supply was far less than the demand, and that availability was sporadic and undependable. Our solution was to purchase housing which could be offered to participating inmates leaving Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women (SCCW).

Swannanoa Valley Transitional Housing Committee (SVTHC) offers emergency fully supervised housing for approximately 6 women, available on short notice and for a short term, 6 to 9 months.  This formatting will allow the women to transition from the custodial environment of prison to a group home environment, and then into their own completely independent living.

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The Jane Pfaff House

The Jane Pfaff House is a fully furnished and equipped home for up to six women, and a live-in House Manager. The house manager has separate quarters so that the women can be on their own with supervision or guidance as needed. The Jane Pfaff House is a safe, secure, peaceful, temporary home where the women can learn to be a self sufficient productive citizen.

The Jane Pfaff House, a very large home that was ENTIRELY donated to SVTH, was named after the wife of the benefactor. This house was designed perfectly to meet the needs of the transition house concept. The home is located in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where the community support has been tremendous.

Local businesses, churches, and individuals joined in securing the house, then adopting rooms and furnishing them with beautiful furniture, linens, and equipment. An experienced house/program manager was hired to guide the women in establishing transitional goals, and to supervise the women in their responsibilities in the house, their attendance at required training activities and meetings.

Our Mission

Swannanoa Valley Transitional Housing Committee (SVTHC) offers safe housing and supportive resources to encouragesuccessful reentry into society for inmates released from the Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women.

Reentry tools assist in the transformation of our residents into productive citizens - by helping build self-esteem, respect for others and the community, and encouragement towards a healthy and financial independence. But in order to provide these neccessary tools and resources, we need our area’s community support and financial assistance. Join us in helping these high-risk women achieve a new and better futurefor themselves - one life at a time!

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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