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Transitional Housing for Victims of Human Trafficking

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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. This Volunteers of America of Los Angeles (VOALA) transitional housing program will be located in South Los Angeles, and will provide services to victims of trafficking from throughout LA County and will serve 30 victims over the 3-year project period. The program will provide 10 beds of safe, stable housing for up to 24 months, as well as comprehensive, trauma informed case management and supportive services for victims of trafficking ages 16 and older. The program will incorporate evidence-based and promising practices, including trauma informed care, positive youth development, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, housing first and harm reduction. Participants will have access to (but not be required to participate in) case management and supportive services. For those interested in case management, VOALA staff will conduct an in-depth assessment and work with the participant to develop an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to outline goals and action steps to meet those goals. Permanent housing placement will remain a primary focal point of all program services. VOALA will provide job preparation and placement assistance (through VOALA Job Developers), transportation (by VOALA van or bus token), childcare (through VOALA head start/early head start), education (through YouthBuild), family support and reunification, and interpreter/translator services. Additionally, VOALA will provide referrals to partner providers for other needed services, including healthcare, behavioral healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and legal services. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 4, 2020