Women and Children’s Horizons Transitional Living Program began in 1996 with a small grant for a Case Manager and has grown into a program that provides 19 units of housing and supportive services with 2 full-time Case Managers.
Our DV program serves homeless victims of domestic violence, singles and families, with 10 scattered site apartments and a case manager, the Transitional Living Program Coordinator. The TLP Coordinator is also responsible for administrative duties related to the grant that include local and federal reporting and supervising the TLP Advocate.
Our general program serves homeless singles and families as well as victims of domestic violence and the TLP advocate serves as the case manager for this program. There are 9 scattered site apartments in the general TLP.
The TLP is a self-sufficiency program. Each household is expected to work towards that goal through employment, training, education, or accessing Social Security if necessary or appropriate. The TLP has a maximum stay of 2 years. Each household enters the program with different strengths and different needs. Six months is a minimum stay with 24 months as a maximum.
Every TLP household signs a Participation Agreement that outlines the program expectations and what can and what can’t be done while residing in a TLP apartment. A violation of the agreement is used as a means to teach and, provide resources and information for each household to foster successful completion of the program. A household can be asked to leave the program for severe or repeated violations and is given 30 days to leave.
The Coordinator and Advocate have weekly contact with each household through home visits, office visits, personal advocacy and/or phone contact. Ideally each household will have a minimum of 2 home visits per month.
Neither TLP program maintains a waiting list. Each household must be homeless by HUD standards: Literally Homeless, living in a shelter, living on the street, living in their vehicle; Fleeing or Attempting to Flee DV or Imminent Risk of Homelessness, (must have accepted documentation). Each program has different sized apartments therefore each household needs to fit the apartment that is available. Many households remain in the program for the full 2 years making a waiting list impractical.
Each household pays a rental portion based on 30% of their adjusted gross income based on Section 8 form. Each household pays a $300 security deposit that will be returned to them when they leave the program minus any charges for unusual wear and tear or damage to the property.