Graduate Houses Inc., Resident Application, Rules and Policies
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Federal Drug Abuse Act of 1988
I realize that the Graduate House to which I am applying for residency has been established in compliance with the conditions of part 2036 of the Federal Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988, P.L. 100-690, as amended, which provides that Federal money loaned to start the house requires the house residents to A) prohibit all residents from using any alcohol or illegal drugs, B) expel any resident who violates such prohibition, C) equally share household expenses and D) utilize democratic decision making within the group. The applicant understands that Part 2036 conditions are different than the normal process afforded by some local landlord-tenant laws.
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Graduate House Policies
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Criminal history is investigated before potential residents move-in ensuring a safe environment is maintained.  The home does not accept convicted sex offenders, arsonists, or violent felons. Every resident will transition through a 30 day probationary period.  This allows the new resident a chance to observe the culture of recovery and seriousness of other residents, an opportunity to cultivate relationships with other residents, and provides enough time for the Directors, House Manager and peer group to make a sound determination of the new resident’s character.

During the probationary period, the new resident is prohibited from inviting any guests outside of one’s immediate family to the house.  The probationary period provides enough time for the new resident to decide if the peer group, house manager, and/or recovery residence can adequately assist them in their personal recovery and desired life goals.

Consequently, if there are any incidents or any infractions of the rules, displays of destructive attitudes or behaviors, unhealthy patterns of hygiene or cleanliness, or any situation that the house officers, residents or house manager feel is detrimental for the group, house, or community, the house manager or resident majority can terminate the new resident or request a refusal of subsequent payments.

Prior to move-in, the resident will agree to the financial calculation and make initial payment into the Graduate House account.  The initial payment is the “acceptance” of the policies, code of conduct, protocols, and agreements of continued residency. Residents will NOT be admitted before an initial payment is received.  Residents must be current on all service payments before the succeeding month “no pay no stay.” Residents are prohibited from paying more than 60 days in advance.  Any deviations in payment amount/schedule must be communicated to, and granted by, the house manager, two house officers, or a director.

SUBSTANCE RELAPSE:  Our policy is zero-tolerance towards drug and alcohol use on or off the premises and will result in the resident’s immediate dismissal from the house.  Over the counter stimulates, Natural herbs, and synthetics can not be abused. Residents may be asked to submit a drug and or alcohol test at any time. Refusal to submit a test is treated as a positive test result.  Resident service payments and deposits are forfeited upon a positive test result.  Drug tests are administered by a standard ten to twelve panel urine analysis or breathalyzer.  

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR:  If a resident is voted out of the house by a 2/3rd majority of the residents, or asked to leave the home by a director or house manager with cause It is considered a behavioral relapse. The resident will get multiple verbal warnings. Their behavior will be addressed  in front of the group during a meeting.  Residents will be clearly made aware that their destructive behavior will not be tolerated and that the group can vote them out of the house if the behavior is not corrected. If a resident is voted out of the house for a behavioral relapse they must leave within 24 hours or at the discretion of a Director, House Manager, or two House officers. They will forfeit any service payments.

VIOLENCE:  No form of aggressive physical contact or intentional damage to facility property will be tolerated.  The house manager has the constable’s number on hand to resolve a detrimental situation if ever occurred.  Additionally, any intimidations made towards another resident or threats to damage facility property can result in immediate dismissal. No weapons or knives of any sort are permitted to be in a resident’s possession during residency.

CLEANLINESS:  Residents are expected to keep their bedroom neat, tabletop clear, laundry stowed appropriately, and bed made up each morning. Maintaining impeccable personal hygiene and consistent washing of laundry and bed linens is expected of every resident. Residents must honor their obligations and responsibilities in the house and are expected to leave areas in better conditions than before they arrived.  

BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR:  All residents are required to be good neighbors. Residents must be considerate, friendly, and responsive to any neighbor’s concerns and needs. Considerations include, but are not limited to, appropriate noise levels, non-swearing, proper parking, non-loitering, appropriate clothing, and non-littering shall all be minded acutely. This is important because while communities agree recovery residences provide an important and necessary service, many surveys have indicated the expressed concerns of homeowners regarding recovery residences being established and operated in their neighborhoods.

ADVANCING-ONE’S RECOVERY AND INDEPENDENCE:  
Every resident is expected to submit or communicate a written or verbal goal statement to the house manager, house officers or a Director for the first weekly meeting of the month.  It can be anonymous detailing or describing their recovery, career, or progress plans for the immediate to long-term. Two-three paragraphs. Examples of advancing one’s recovery and independence include, but are not limited to, an outpatient day program at a treatment facility, actively seeking or returning to work, vocational training, career planning, paying off debts or court fines/tickets, family therapy, 12 Step meetings, Smart Recovery, sponsorship, mentor-ship, attending school, or volunteering for projects in the house or community.
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RESIDENT ETIQUETTE
​1.    Residents acknowledge that each peer member has a wide range of motivations, capacities, and life goals, that they may experience different challenges and limitations, which their pathway to recovery and  independence may vary greatly from their own, and that the interdependent collaboration of the whole is greater than individual self- will.

2.    Residents will be considerate, respectful, and friendly to their peers and honor their efforts and pathways to recovery and independence.

3.    Residents will take responsibility for their actions and behaviors; likewise, they will hold their peers accountable for their actions and behaviors as  well. 

4.    Residents will commit to consistently raise the individual and collective standards of their personal development and aspirations, house management and leadership, the property, and their peers.

5.    Residents must knock at all closed doors, excluding their own, and wait be invited into the room before entering.

6.    Residents will only purchase one weeks’ worth of food at a time to conserve storage and refrigerator space.

7.    Residents will refrain from nonconstructive, immature, an inappropriate behavior.

8.    Rough housing, horse playing, nonsensical arguing and banter, racist and homosexual jokes, “war stories”, glamorizing, and demoralizing comments towards women are all considered nonconstructive, immature, and inappropriate.

9.    Residents acknowledge that while program critique is valued and appreciative; an innovative, balanced, and pragmatic solution to their observed challenges is transformational, and resultantly, a greater potential for swift implementation occurs.

10.    Residents desire to be part of the solution
HOUSE STANDARDS AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE
1.    Residents will keep their bedrooms and bathrooms in “showroom”  conditions.

2.    Residents may require roommate, and or, suitemate commitments to rotate the cleaning schedules of their bedrooms and shared bathrooms to ensure that equal cleaning responsibilities are executed, and that “showroom” conditions are consistently maintained.

3.    Residents will  be responsible for general house cleaning responsibilities and chores

4.    Residents are required to follow-up behind themselves in all common areas and commit to leaving these areas in better conditions than before  they arrived.

5.    Residents will report any damaged items or equipment, as well as, any potential hazards to the house manager.

6.    Residents will replace their air filters and any burnt out lightbulbs periodically from the provided house supply.

7.    Residents will be aware of the location of house tools and be proactive  repairing simple house maintenance tasks like loose door knobs, cabinets, and fixtures.

8.    Any home repairs or improvements out of scope with general maintenance will be the responsibility of a home maintenance officer or hired professional.  

9.    Residents will take pride in maintaining and improving their environment.
FIRE SAFETY AGREEMENT AND POLICY
1.    That cooking, followed closely by cigarettes, are the two leading causes of house fires.

2.    Residents will become aware of the evacuation maps posted in common areas.

3.    Residents will test smoke alarms regularly to ensure its batteries are charged.

4.    Residents will monitor their food on the stove-top throughout the duration of its cooking and always turn on the overhead stove-top vent when cooking.

5.    Residents will turn off the oven and stove-top burners immediately after its use.

6.    Residents will completely extinguish all cigarettes in the ashtray.

7.    Residents will become aware of the various locations of fire extinguishers  placed throughout the house and learn how to operate them in case of  an emergency.

8.    Residents will give their full attention during the periodic fire safety meeting.
KITCHEN AND FOOD SAFETY AGREEMENT AND POLICY
​​1.     Residents will regularly clean their section of the refrigerator and discard any old leftovers or exceptionally expired products.

2.    Cupboards will be cleaned regularly and foodstuffs stored within will be  sealed to prevent unwanted pests.

3.    Residents will wash their hands before meal preparation and serving.

4.    Residents will thoroughly cook meat and chicken to completion.

5.    Residents will wash the cutting boards with bleach and water before and after each use.

6.    All knifes will be placed sharp edge down in the dishwasher.

7.   Residents will give their full attention during the periodic food safety meeting.

8. Turn off and clean coffee maker after use
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During residency at the Graduate House, all residents agree to abide by these rules and understand the following statements below:
SWIMMING POOL AND JACUZZI SAFETY AGREEMENT AND POLICY
1.    Residents agree that there is NO LIFE GUARD ON DUTY.

2.   Residents will not touch pool chemicals or equipment without proper training.

3.    There is no “rough housing” or “horse playing” in the pool.

4.    There is no running in the pool area.

5.    There is no diving, cannon-ball, back-flip, belly-flop, or any other variation         permitted.

6.    All entry and exit into or out of the pool is down or up the steps with the hand         rail.

7.    Residents and guests must shower before entering the pool or Jacuzzi.

8.    Any excess water remaining on the ground around the pool after use must be         swept back into the pool.

9.    The Jacuzzi may be heated and used at any time, however, it must be turned on by a house officer or house manager to maintain the efficiency of the pump, air jets, and  heater.  The lights must be turned off immediately after use.  Any resident can turn the pool equipment off, but only trained individuals can turn equipment on  or adjust the settings.

10.    A request to heat the pool temporarily (a few days) may be granted by the house manager, but is neither required nor guaranteed, and may additionally result in an equal-exchange agreement or contingency commitment. 

11.    The pool will be regularly maintained by a trained in-house resident (see pool  maintenance training material in handbook)    
WEIGHT LIFTING AND WEIGHT ROOM AGREEMENT AND POLICY

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1.    Before lifting any weights, the resident should stretch and get “warmed up” and turn on the main pool lights if after Sunset.

2.    The resident will read any instructions on equipment and be aware of the equipment’s functions and limitations.

3.    The resident should be “body-aware” of personal weight lifting capacity, know  proper weight lifting posture, techniques and muscle groups, and acknowledge  and refrain from any overzealous motivations or goals before lifting weights of any kind.

4.    If clarity is needed, residents should ask their peers or house manager regarding the weight lifting protocol and always request a spotter when available and necessary.

5.    The equipment should always be “wiped off” and all weights returned to its proper places.

6.    The Graduate House is not responsible for any personal weight lifting injuries.
GUEST AND VISITOR AGREEMENT AND POLICY
1.    All visitors and guests must be informed, before entry, that the Graduate House s a recovery residence, that any guest or visitor under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave immediately, and that no drugs or alcohol are        permitted in the home, or on the property, at any time.

2.    Visitors and guests will be informed that in addition to being a recovery  residence, the Graduate House is a cooperative living environment, in which, they are visiting “our” home not “your” home individually.

3.    Visitors and guests are prohibited from doing their laundry or storing food in the refrigerators unless given express permission from the house manager.

4.    Guests and visitors will only be allowed in the designated common areas.  The designated common areas are the upstairs game room, living room, kitchen, pool area, and outside.  Guests or visitors are NEVER allowed in any resident’s     bedroom.

5.    Guests and visitors will adhere to the guest visiting hours.  The guest visiting hours are 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday thru Thursday and 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. during Friday and Saturday.

6.    A resident’s immediate family member may be granted an overnight to short stay, on occasion, if the resident communicates this “request for privilege” to the house manager in a timely and appropriate manner.  The request’s approval will depend upon appropriate notice, guestroom availability, projected length of stay, and the guest’s commitment to adhere to the house policies, code of conduct,  protocols, and agreements.
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PEST PREVENTION:

All prospective residents must make an honest self-assessment and determine whether they are currently, or have been recently, in an environment with poor pest management practices. Residents are prohibited from bringing any belongings into the house that is considered high-risk of potential infestation. Residents cannot bring furniture or an excessive amount of clothes into the house. One large suitcase is sufficient and the personal storage space corresponds with this capacity. All clothes, bedding, and pillows must be washed, or preferably new, before admittance. Beds are full-size and have mattress and box-spring encasement's. All rooms and beds will be routinely inspected, and pest-prevention practices implemented, to maintain standards as a pest-free facility. Residents are required to inform management immediately of any beginning signs of an infestation upon routine inspection so that immediate pest-elimination practices and solutions can be implemented.
PARKING PLAN AGREEMENT AND POLICY
​1.    Only six vehicles may be parked in the driveway at any time.

2.    Assigned parking will be designed to maximize parking space effectiveness, as opposed to, any resident’s personal preference.

3.    Residents may park only one vehicle in the driveway, unless there is both, no violation of number one of the parking plan agreement, and the “request for privilege” is approved by the house manager.  

4.    Any overflow vehicles will be parked either, across the street or on the nearest side street.

5.    Any discrepancies regarding which residents are granted the assigned  parking spaces is discussed and agreed upon during house meetings.
CONSERVATION OF ENERGY
​1.    Residents understand the Graduate House is both, a recovery residence and a “business of recovery”, and that the surplus is reinvested back into the organization to raise standards, to better serve the residents on their individual and collective paths of recovery and independence, and to ensure its continued organizational viability and capacity into the future.

2.    Residents will not set thermostats below 70 degrees internal temperature.

3.    Residents will turn off all lights, personal and ceiling fans, and televisions before leaving the house, or when they are not directly being used by any resident.

4.    Residents will be mindful of their water usage specifically pertaining to  excessively long showers.

5.    Residents will completely turn off any inside or outside water faucet or nozzle when it is finished being used.  
TRANSITION AND TERMINATION
​1.    Residents are encouraged to communicate a two-week notice before  they plan on dismissing themselves from the house, and additionally, commit to remain open-minded of the advice, suggestions, and approval of their peers and house manager regarding their transition plan and timeline.

2.    Residents must remove all personal property when they leave and are no longer a resident at the house.

3.    Any personal items left will be placed in upstairs storage for seven days. After seven days has passed, the Graduate House is no longer responsible for any resident’s personal property or items and may be  disposed of or donated thereafter.

4.    Residents terminated for violating the zero-tolerance or financial non-compliance policy, in rare occasions, if humble, honest, cooperative, cordial, and in complete acceptance of their policy non-compliance, may remain at the house up to an additional 48 hours, additionally contingent upon, the unanimous approval of the current house residents and house manager, their degree of focused actions towards placement at another facility or home, and their continued display of correct behavior during this “period of privilege."
FINANCIAL (Payment of fees)
​FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS: There is no minimum or maximum length of stay for a resident at the Graduate House.  As long as a resident continues to advance their recovery and independence, and adheres to house policies, code of conduct, protocols, and agreements, a resident may continue residency at the Graduate House.   If a resident is seeking placement for later in the month and wishes to “hold” a bed, a “bed hold” deposit may be granted at the discretion of the house manager at an amount ranging between $10-$15 per day from the time of screening until the agreed upon entry date.  

There is no banking at the house.  All payments must be made by check, money order, wire transfer, or cash deposit at a Chase bank location.  Residents will be provided the account number and account name for verification purposes and an individual “penny code” specifically assigned to them for their entire duration of residency.  For example: John D has been assigned a penny code of 77 cents.  Every payment into the Graduate House account for John D will be designated by the payment amount + 77 cents.  If John D’s bed requires a $662 monthly payment for continued residency, then on the 1st-3rd of the month, John D will make a payment of $662.77 into the Graduate House account.  After initial payment is received, a text message receipt will be sent to the resident/payer along with the door code for entry.  If a resident experiences a financial hardship DURING their residency, it is the resident’s responsibility to communicate this to the house manager or  house officers.  In rare occasions, the house manager may offer temporary payment reductions, when the budget allows, in exchange for beneficial house work and/or services performed that instill a culture of discipline, which improve organizational effectiveness, which has an agreed upon equal-exchange value of the reduction amount both needed by the resident and offered by the manager alike.  Prospective residents should never make an initial payment until they have read and understood house policies, code of conduct, protocols, and agreements.  It is the prospective resident’s responsibility to ask questions if clarity is needed not the house managers.  

The monthly service payment ranges from $662-$812 per month depending upon room selection and availability.  Mid-month move-ins requires a full service payment ranging from $22-$27 per day, depending on room selection, totaled and calculated by the number of remaining days in the month.  If the resident’s move-in date is near the end of month, the resident or payer may combine the remainder of current month’s full service payment with the following month’s service payment if desired and agreed to by the house manager.  If there is any confusion about calculations ask the house manager during the screening and intake process for clarification.  

Resident payments are due on the 1st day of every month with a grace period until the 3rd day of each month.  Any late payments must be communicated to the house manager, along with a reasonable explanation, prior to the 3rd day of the month and may result in a $20 penalty for financial non-compliance.  The Graduate House will NOT refund any payments to residents or payers.  

The house is akin to a month-to-month extended stay where the resident pays as they go and communicates their progress plan throughout the entire duration of residency.  If a resident is aware of a mid-month move-out date in advance, and communicates this clearly to the house manager prior to the 3rd of the month, then a final calculation can be totaled at $22-$27 per day, depending on room selection, for the remaining number of days until discharge date.  The discharge date is final and the bed availability will be updated for any new placements and current waitlist.  
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