On July 7, 2021, we were pleased to collaborate with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Visit disclaimer page to host an Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program Visit disclaimer page webinar. The webinar provided an overview of the EHV program and explained the important role that service providers play in making the program successful. Topics also included program requirements and funding information.
Housing has been one of the longstanding needs reported by individuals who have experienced trafficking. Housing instability also creates risks for human trafficking, and these conditions have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Rescue Plan of 2021 allocates five billion dollars to tenant-based housing vouchers for vulnerable families, allowing them to lease a safe, affordable home. It also provides start-up services funding to ensure they can successfully use their voucher and pays for renewal and administrative costs. The EHVs are available to individuals who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, or who were recently homeless; those fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; and those both at risk for or who have experienced human trafficking.