Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $600,000)
Tapestri will provide short term housing assistance for foreign national victims of human trafficking discovered in the state of Georgia. Tapestri anticipates that majority of the foreign nationals served through this program will be Latinx, Asian and African although the funding will be available to any foreign national victim of human trafficking that meets the federal definition and is need of short-term housing as a result of their trafficking situation. In case of referral for U.S citizen in need of housing assistance, Tapestri will refer to Wellspring Living, a nonprofit organization who is a recipient of OVC 2020 Housing Grant (only accepting referrals for U.S citizens). Tapestri will utilize scatter site housing model to identify short term housing that meets the housing needs identified by the client. Tapestri anticipates serving 16 survivors of human trafficking during the 36-month grant period. Enrollment duration which will vary from 12-24 months and will be determined based on survivor’s ability to obtain employment, specifically whether they have obtained immigration status as well as any psychological issues that may warrant longer enrollment period. Supportive services will be made available through Tapestri’s Anti-Human Trafficking Program, funded by an OVC Comprehensive grant. Clients will be referred to Catholic Charities for employment based assistance available through Matching Grant Program as well as Dignity of Work Program. Additionally, Tapestri will provide HT 101 training, encompassing all forms of trafficking, to local partners. Tapestri anticipates training a minimum of 200 individuals during the grant cycle.