Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $950,000)
Under this project, Lifeline will sustain its existing Project LIFE Housing Assistance Program in San Diego County, as well as to increase its capacity by one additional unit, creating two more beds for single survivors or one parenting survivor. Lifeline will increase staffing, adding a full-time Housing Navigator who will focus on identifying safe, affordable housing options for clients and removing barriers to obtaining housing. The organization anticipates serving approximately 75 trafficking victims over the award period. In addition to housing, clients may elect to participate in supportive services including, but not limited to ongoing case management, medical and dental care, (limited) legal assistance, literacy/GED/education assistance, LGBTQ services, substance abuse treatment, trauma counseling, life skills training, and employment and financial coaching. Lifeline will also provide awareness trainings for an estimated 750 professionals and community members who may encounter victims through their line of work. Lifeline will partner with the Criminal Justice Research Division of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), who will assist with conducting a process and outcome evaluation of the proposed project.