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Camillus House Phoenix Human Trafficking Recovery Program Expansion

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $500,000)

The goal of the FY 2020 Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking Program is to support housing assistance for victims of all forms of human trafficking throughout the United States, as defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, as amended. Funding through this solicitation supports programs that provide 6 to 24 months of transitional housing with support services to victims of human trafficking who are in need of housing as a result of human trafficking. Funding will be provided over a three-year project period. Camillus House will support statewide efforts to combat human trafficking and support its victims through their recovery. To accomplish this, Camillus will provide a transitional housing to rapid rehousing joint-component model of service in Miami-Dade County. Camillus will provide professionally licensed clinical and experienced staff, implementing trauma-informed, evidenced based practices. The transitional housing setting will provide 16 beds of integrated, targeted treatment and supportive services focused on improving self-esteem and readying these survivors for successful, independent living, with services for up to six months (extended as needed) for approximately 40 persons each year. This program seeks to reduce homelessness and re-victimization, allowing victims to recover from their traumatic experience by providing a safe place to live, along with behavioral health treatment, case management (to address education, employment and housing), and social and life skills training (to promote independent living and positive relationships). Post-transitional housing and treatment, clients will receive short-term rental assistance utilizing a rapid-rehousing model of deescalating rental support for a period of 6 months. Housing navigation services will find and secure units through negotiations with landlords, in keeping with client choice. Clients will be supported with first and last month’s rent and security deposit as well as move-in expenses. Rental assistance will be reduced over a period of six months, while case management continues the work that began in transitional housing to ensure financial stability, job retention and connecting clients to care in the community. Camillus will follow-up with clients for six months’ post-rental assistance support to ensure ongoing stability in permanent housing. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 4, 2020