Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $440,000)
Drawing upon its 60-year history of responding to the evolving needs of the community, and building upon its effective Rapid Rehousing Program (emergency and transitional housing including case management); Resurrection Property Management(affordable housing): Behavioral Health: Comprehensive Refugee Services; and Immigration and Legal Services, Catholic Charities of Central Florida (CCCF) will provide intensive case management for victims of human trafficking to adequately support and guide them on the path toward self-sufficiency. The proposed program incorporates features recommended in the US Department of State’s 2020 Trafficking in Human Persons Report and draws upon the extensive experience of sister Catholic Charities organizations who manage similar programs. OVC training and technical assistance will enable CCCF to increase the capacity and skills in serving victims of human trafficking while learning best practices in administering federal funding. CCCF will use the OVC funding and existing partnerships to provide trauma-informed case management, behavioral health counseling, emergency and transitional housing services, and other essential services. The goal of the program is to put the victims on the path toward self-sufficiency and recovery from the effects of trauma, allowing them to lead fulfilled lives as part of the community.