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Approved Transitional Housing


The Department of Correction maintains a list of transitional houses approved for consideration as a residence by those under TDOC supervision. While TDOC does not license or regulate the transitional houses, the agency does require submission of information such as costs, programming and other services, through the completion of the Application for Approved Transitional Housing. Additionally, for transitional houses to be placed on the TDOC Approved List, those houses must comply with the Guidelines for Approved Transitional Housing Providers. These guidelines were developed with the input of transitional housing providers throughout the state. A Monthly Progress Report has been developed and should be submitted monthly for each resident to his or her supervising Probation or Parole Officer. An Incident Report has also been developed and should be submitted immediately to the supervising officer following any significant event involving a resident.

 

Please submit all applications and waivers to:

 

Tennessee Department of Correction

Attn: Director of Housing

320 6th Avenue North

Rachel Jackson Building, 5th Floor

Nashville, TN 37243-0465

 


Employment

 

One of the most vital factors in an offender's success is the ability to obtain, and retain, employment. An offender who is gainfully employed is three times less likely to commit another crime. The entire community benefits when an offender becomes a productive, taxpaying citizen who contributes to the community in a positive way. Hiring an offender offers several benefits to employers, including the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and the Federal Bonding Program, but, most importantly, the benefit that comes from hiring someone who can offer an employer skills, along with the strong desire to prove himself as a committed and valuable employee.

 


Employment FAQs

 

Can the probation or parole officer help me find a job?

Probation/Parole Officers are not job placement counselors. However, officers can assist by helping offenders identify their vocational strengths and goals and then providing related resource referrals. Officers may also make referrals to the local Career Center which offers job search and job readiness assistance. Career Center locations can be found at Department of Labor and Workforce Development Career Centers.

 

Does TDOC provide a list of employers who will hire offenders?

 

TDOC does not distribute a list of employers. Although many employers are willing to hire offenders who have skills and/or a positive work ethic, most employers do not wish to be included in a list that is widely distributed without regard to their specific job needs and requirements.

 

 

Does TDOC provide monetary assistance to employers who hire offenders?

TDOC does not provide monetary assistance to employers. However, TDOC staff will be pleased to provide appropriate assistance to employers, including those who wish to participate in the Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program or the Federal Bonding Program. Additionally, employers of offenders have the additional benefit of drug testing through TDOC.