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Transitional Housing Assistance and Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in Southeastern Kentucky

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Areas Served
Geographical Areas Served
  • Bell County
  • Clay County
  • Harlan County
  • Jackson County
  • Knox County
  • Laurel County
  • Rockcastle County
  • Whitley County
Indicates all geographic areas to which services are provided, excluding states. See States Served.
States Served
Indicates all applicable states in which services are provided.
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $600,000)

The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) will collaborate with Refuge for Women (“Refuge”) to provide transitional housing and short-term housing assistance, along with supportive services, to victims of human trafficking located in persistent poverty counties in Southeastern Kentucky.  Specifically, this program will serve Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Rockcastle, and Whitley Counties—all of which are located in Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District, the most rural and second poorest Congressional District in the nation. 


The “Housing Hope Project: Southeastern Kentucky Human Trafficking Transitional Housing Assistance” (“Project”) is a survivor-centered program, offering transitional housing, short-term housing assistance and supportive services for 6-24 months. Thirty-four participants will be served annually over the 36 month period.  Participants will be identified through self-referrals and referrals from prosecutors, law enforcement, and victims’ advocates.  The program will be aimed at serving people who otherwise may not receive assistance.  


This proposal also includes plans to develop a resource database to assist the Project and community providers in offering cohesive and coordinated services.  The database will additionally allow OAG, Refuge, and community partners to identify and address gaps in services.

Date Created: December 7, 2021