Sara* and her children had been living in shelters since law enforcement helped them leave a labor trafficking situation last winter. She had been trafficked throughout Central Oregon and cooperated with law enforcement but needed help setting up their new life.
J Bar J Cascade Youth and Family Services Visit disclaimer page , an OTIP Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Program (DVHT) grantee, started serving Sara and her children in April and are pleased to announce that they now have a 4-bedroom home of their own. Through OTIP case management funding and a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) City Development Block Grant Visit disclaimer page (CDBG), J Bar J purchased the home and will provide up to 24 months of transitional housing at no expense to Sara.
“The CDBG transitional house has not only given this family the opportunity for safety- it has truly given them a chance at life. Sara is now employed full time and is furthering her education. Her children have all reengaged in school and trauma therapy.” - Mel Parker, J Bar J
In FY16, OTIP partnered with HUD to host listening sessions to address the housing needs of survivors of human trafficking. The community feedback informed efforts to strengthen housing for victims of trafficking, including the development of the DVHT program. The DVHT program funding opportunity announcement included information on the importance of addressing the immediate and long-term housing and shelter needs of victims through a continuum of flexible housing supports, including emergency and transitional housing. Congratulations to Sara, her family, and J Bar J!
*Names and other identifying information have been changed or omitted to preserve the confidentiality of the people we serve.
Victim Assistance Grants, OTIP
Serving Runaway Homeless Youth who are Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking, Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, FYSB
Joint Letter to Recipients of Federal Financial Assistance, FYSB
SNAPS in Focus: Addressing the Needs of Human Trafficking Victims Visit disclaimer page , HUD