DOJ Awards Over $35 Million to Provide Housing to Victims of Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office for Victims of Crime, a component of the Department’s Office of Justice Programs has awarded $35,104,338 in grant funding to provide safe, stable housing and appropriate services to victims of human trafficking.

The grants will go to 73 organizations to provide six to 24 months of transitional or short-term housing assistance for trafficking victims, including rental, utilities, or related expenses, such as security deposits and relocation costs. The grants will also provide funding for support needed to help victims locate permanent housing, secure employment and receive occupational training and
counseling.

Heartland Family Service is the sole organization in Nebraska to be awarded grant funding. Heartland was awarded $499,999.00 to help human trafficking victims in Nebraska. 

Funding will be provided over a three-year project period. Under this project, HFS’ Heartland Housing Sanctuary, a shelter program specifically for victims of human trafficking, will be expanded to include ten units of facility-based transitional housing and ten units of short-term scattered-site housing. The project will serve 25 to 30 human trafficking survivors.

Senator Deb Fischer released a statement following the announcement,

“Heartland Family Service provides essential support for individuals and families in the Omaha area. This DOJ grant will allow the organization to further assist victims of human trafficking. Through transitional housing and other forms of assistance, the organization will be able to provide safety and support to survivors of this horrific crime,” said Senator Fischer.

Heartland Family Service is located at 2101 S 42nd St in Omaha. If you live in Nebraska and would like to access their In-Home Services, Mental Health, or Substance Use Treatment programs, please call (402) 552-7400.

For more information on services and other offerings at Heartland Family Service, visit https://www.heartlandfamilyservice.org/


To view the full list of DOJ grant awardees in each state, follow this link https://www.ojp.gov/htvictims.pdf

The Office of Justice Programs, directed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan, provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance, and other resources to improve the nation’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, assist victims and enhance the rule of law by strengthening the criminal and juvenile justice systems. More information about
OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of the agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years.

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