The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS), in conjunction with the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Victim Crimes (OVC), will make a $13,500,000 available for grants to eligible organizations to implement and provide housing and trauma-informed, victim-centered services to victims of human trafficking.
.This NOFA places priority on funding housing and trauma-informed, victim- centered services by organizations with the capacity to implement collaborative, coordinated, and comprehensive service models while engaging appropriate local resources, to address the housing and service needs of victims of human trafficking, as defined by TVPA. In additional to providing housing with trauma-informed, victim- centered under this NOFA, program recipients will:
- expand capacity to serve victims of human trafficking who need stable housing support;
- facilitate and strengthen connections to services and housing support for victims of human trafficking;
- conduct training and public awareness activities for CoCs, Public Housing Agencies (PHAs), tribal organizations, and other stakeholders to improve their knowledge of human trafficking and ability to identify and respond appropriately to victims;
- identify performance measures and best practices to build an evidence-based process to provide strong service and housing models for victims of human trafficking;
- inform federal, state, and local frameworks and models for collaboration to meet the needs of victims of human trafficking;
- improve outcomes for victims of human trafficking by providing trauma-informed, victim-centered services; and
- collect data and participate in evaluation activities to determine if the program is meeting stated goals and objectives.
b. Human Trafficking Technical Assistance. The goal of this technical assistance is to assist recipients, and subrecipients, navigate housing and service challenges by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, tools, and capacity to provide effective administrative oversight of their award. Technical assistance will be delivered prior to recipients starting their projects to help in the planning and implementation of awarded projects and also during the execution of projects to continue to refine and improve project quality. Technical Assistance may be provided in the following cases to help recipients, and subrecipients, build capacity:
- coordination and training with the local Continuum of Care, Public Housing Agency, Tribal Entity, and other stakeholders;
- appropriate housing options for victims of human trafficking;
- trauma-informed, victim-centered services;
- development and use of a comparable database;
- data reporting, analysis, and management; and
- strategic resource allocation and removing barriers to resources for persons who are victims of human trafficking.