- Greater Houston Area (Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Galveston, Waller, Brazoria, Liberty, Austin, and Chambers Counties)
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $800,000)
The YMCA of Greater Houston (YMCA Houston) will provide housing interventions and appropriate trauma-informed, victim-centered support services that will help client victims of human trafficking achieve safe, stable housing in the Greater Houston Area (Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Galveston, Waller, Brazoria, Liberty, Austin, and Chambers counties). The program’s ultimate goal is to provide victims case management and emergency/transitional housing support services to achieve housing stability, economic security, and the social-emotional support they need to thrive. Through the proposed Trafficked Persons Housing Assistance Program, victims of human trafficking will work with a YMCA Houston Housing Specialist to determine a housing plan that meets victims' needs. A YMCA Houston Employment Case Manager may be assigned to help victims locate potential job opportunities and prepare them for full employment. YMCA Houston will work with a diverse coalition of partners to provide transitional housing and victim-centered, culturally responsive support services, as well as English as a Second Language classes, cultural orientation classes, job readiness training, and vocational training.