Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $579,636)
Covenant House New Jersey (CHNJ) will offer transitional housing for victims of human trafficking across the state of New Jersey. CHNJ proposes a model that is intentionally designed to foster empowerment and strengthen resilience so victims are equipped to maintain permanent housing. With stability provided by 24 months of housing, victims will have the time and psychological resources to develop tools for self-sufficiency. CHNJ’s housing plan will serve 6 individuals and 6 households with dependents. A wide array of supportive services, including trauma-informed, client-driven case management, will be available to victims through CHNJ or through referrals.
CHNJ’s Independent Living program will provide the following housing deliverables: identification, move-in assistance, rental assistance, assisting with landlord-tenant concerns; and connections to locate and secure permanent housing. CHNJ Resource Specialists will provide non-housing deliverables: referrals of screened trafficking victims to the Independent Living team for intake and assessment, case management, and service coordination.