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U.S. Department of Justice: Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking

Deadline: February 3, 2020

The Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking program will provide funding for housing and support services to victims of human trafficking, defined as a person who has been subjected to a “severe form of trafficking in persons,” which means:

  • Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age
  • The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery

Under this program, transitional housing refers to both transitional housing assistance and short-term housing assistance, which are defined as follows:

  • Transitional housing assistance is temporary housing offered for at least 6 months and no more than 24 months that helps victims transition into permanent housing. Transitional housing is not an extended shelter stay.
  • Short-term housing assistance is rental assistance and/or other financial assistance (e.g., security deposits, utility assistance, relocation costs, etc.) offered for at least 6 months and no more than 24 months that helps victims transition into permanent housing. Short-term housing assistance is not emergency shelter, rental assistance offered for less than 6 months, or financial assistance for victims not provided with housing.

Projects under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. Transitional housing, including funding for the operating expenses of a newly developed or existing transitional housing program
  2. Short-term housing assistance, including rental or utilities payment assistance and assistance with related expenses, such as payment of security deposits and other costs incidental to relocation to transitional housing

In addition to providing transitional housing, projects must also include support services designed to enable victims of human trafficking and any dependents to:

  1. Locate and secure permanent housing.
  2. Secure employment, including obtaining employment counseling, occupational training, job retention counseling, and counseling concerning re-entry into the workforce.
  3. Integrate into a community by providing victims and dependents with services, such as transportation, counseling, child care services, case management, and other assistance. Participation in the support services shall be voluntary.

Projects cannot condition receipt of housing assistance upon participation in any or all of the support services offered.

Amount: Approximately $13,500,000 is available to make up to 27 awards ranging up to $500,000 for a period of 36 months.

This solicitation requires a 25 percent cash or in-kind match.

Eligibility: States and territories; units of local government; Indian tribes; and nonprofit, nongovernmental victims’ service organizations with the capacity to serve human trafficking victims.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322837

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