Training and Technical Assistance
Access to safe and affordable long-term housing is critical for survivors of human trafficking as they seek supportive services, justice, and, ultimately, heal. Affordable housing programs, including transitional and long-term, often have long waitlists and may restrict eligibility based on immigration status, criminal history, rental history, or current income. The housing landscape is truly complex and can be difficult to navigate.
The Freedom Network Training Institute (FNTI) provides advocates dynamic and up-to-date training and resources on housing options for survivors of human trafficking. The training, tools, and resources offer information and guidance for advocates in accessing appropriate emergency, transitional, and long-term housing options for survivors. FNTI’s Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project includes a wide array of expert consultants, including a Survivor Advisory Panel, supporting the creation of tools and delivery of training. You may access and share our materials by visiting the Resource Library. Feel free to contact us with any specific requests using our ‘inquiry’ link below.
Watch Our Most Recent Webinar
Youth survivors often have limited options and access to housing services or are placed in housing situations that may not be trauma-informed. Survivors of human trafficking between the ages of 13-24 have additional and specialized needs that housing programs need to account for. This webinar introduces the concept of Housing First for youth survivors. It addresses common practices found in youth programs that are harmful to survivors and how trauma-informed, survivor-centered practices can be implemented.
Access all our past webinars here.
Housing Assessment Tool
This Housing Assessment tool can be used by service providers to assess the housing needs of survivors. It can be adapted to fit the organization’s needs or be used in addition to the intake and discharge process.
Human Trafficking Housing Options: Housing Choice Voucher Programs
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (also know as “Section 8”) is a rental assistance program funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This fact sheet discusses the HCV program and how it can be utilized as a resource while housing survivors of trafficking.
Collaborating with Homeless Shelters to Serve Survivors of Human Trafficking
Homeless shelters are designed to provide emergency housing to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Survivors of trafficking may utilize homeless shelters as an emergency housing option. This fact sheet discusses collaboration with homeless shelters in order to serve survivors of trafficking.
FAQ on Service Provision for Housing Survivors of Trafficking
This fact sheet discusses frequently asked questions on service provision for housing survivors of trafficking. The questions were submitted by participants of a Listening Session hosted by Freedom Network USA and the National Survivor Network on May 21, 2019, for the HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS).
Rapid Re-Housing: Securing Housing for Survivors of Trafficking
Rapid Re-Housing is a response to homelessness aimed at returning individuals to permanent housing as quickly as possible. This fact sheet explores how rapid re-housing can be utilized to house survivors of trafficking.
A Guide for Working with Domestic Violence Shelters
This guide provides anti-trafficking programs guidelines on assessing if a Domestic Violence (DV) shelter is a good fit for a survivor and ideas for creating effective collaborations with DV programs.
Funding Alert: Housing Funds to Serve
Survivors of Human Trafficking
This fact sheet provides an overview of the HUD Continuum of Care Domestic Violence Bonus funds and tips for anti-trafficking organizations to apply for the funds.
The Rights-based Approach in Housing for Survivors
Safe and stable housing is a basic human right. This fact sheet explains the human right-based approach in housing, the practice, and impact.
Continuums of Care and Anti-Trafficking Programs
This fact sheet provides an introduction to Continuums of Care (CoC) and explores how anti-trafficking organizations can collaborate with their local CoC.
FNUSA Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project Flyer
This flyer contains information on how to access resources and assistance through the Freedom Network Housing Training and Technical Assistance Project.
Fill out the form below to contact our project staff. Please allow three business days for a response.
This webpage was produced by Freedom Network USA under Grant Number 2017-VT-BX-K018, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webpage are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.