Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $799,998)
Mountain Plains Youth Services, Inc. (dba Youthworks) provides anti-trafficking services throughout North Dakota to runaway, homeless, trafficked and street youth (RHTSY). Under this grant, YouthWorks will offer a specialized housing program for identified survivors of human trafficking, aged 18-24. Annually, the project will provide 15 youth survivors with Rapid Re-Housing and supportive services and 10 youth survivors will be housed in transitional housing. The program design will include: two Human Trafficking Housing Navigator (HTHN) positions and transitional housing units in Bismarck and Fargo. HTHNs will be responsible for intake, eligibility screening and assessment, and support services to enable survivors of human trafficking and their dependents to locate and secure permanent housing and employment, and integrate into the community.