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STARS (Survivors of Trafficking Achieve Recovery and Stability)

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Areas Served
Geographical Areas Served
  • Houston County
  • Harris County
Indicates all geographic areas to which services are provided, excluding states. See States Served.
States Served
Indicates all applicable states in which services are provided.
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

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. The Santa Maria Hostel, Inc. will implement the STARS (Survivors of Trafficking Achieve Recovery and Stability) in Houston and Harris County, Texas. The project will serve 54 participants in 18 units of housing. STARS expands availability of safe/stable housing options and support services for survivors of human trafficking in the Houston area. STARS provides transitional housing (transitional housing assistance and short-term housing assistance) and individualized support/follow-up services for survivors of human trafficking, with specialized focus on women who have risk factors or history of substance use. STARS services include Certified Peer Recovery Coach utilizing strengths-based, Person-Centered Planning, collaborative development of Recovery Wellness Plans, recovery linkage/connections with community resources/services through an established network (MOUs); a menu of support services that facilitate recovery/wellness and address barriers/needs, such as housing, employment/income support, education, health/MH/behavioral health, transportation; and follow-up services, including social recovery support through recovery support groups and social recovery activities, as well as follow-up financial assistance (e.g., first month’s rent) for transitional housing participants who secure permanent housing. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 4, 2020