The Office for Victims of Crime is providing $35 million in Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking is being provided by the Office for Victims of Crime within the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs to provide housing and services to human trafficking survivors.
As The Associated Press noted, the grants will be announced today at a White House event attended by Attorney General William Barr, Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump, and other administration officials.
The grants will be divided among 76 organizations located in 3 states that may be eligible for 6 to 24 months of transitional or short-term housing assistance for survivors, including rent payments, utilities, or related expenses, as well as a security deposit, per the White House.
According to Ivanka Trump, the CCP Virus pandemic has made safe housing and support for virus survivors more important than ever.
“The administration has heard these concerns and is responding by awarding leading nonprofit organizations the necessary funding to ensure that survivors have a stable place to live,” said Ivanka Trump.
Among the organizations sharing the grants are Camillus House Inc. in Miami, Alternatives for Girls in Detroit, and Jordan’s Community Resource Center in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Since the beginning of the year, the Trump administration has focused on the issue and expanded the White House Office of Domestic Policy after appointing a staff member to take a unique approach to combat human trafficking.
Last June, the State Department issued a statement saying that the United States is working in a comprehensive, joint, and multidisciplinary manner from all of its government offices “to ensure an approach” that can “address all aspects of human trafficking.”
A report on human trafficking for 2019, singles out the regimes of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, China, and Venezuela, among others, as Level 3 countries for failing to meet federal human trafficking standards, adding that “are not making significant efforts to do so,” according to Fox News.