WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today applauded the award of $500,000 in federal funds for the Salvation Army’s Next Step Program for Victims of Human Trafficking.
Funds come from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking Program and will allow the Next Step Program to provide housing and employment assistance to survivors of human trafficking.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the need for stable, supportive housing for survivors. Through a long-term approach, the Next Step Program will use these funds to continue helping survivors of human trafficking transition to living independently – permanently. We are proud to keep supporting these crucial efforts in Congress,” said the delegation members.
The DOJ Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking Program aims to support housing assistance for victims of all forms of human trafficking throughout the United States. The Next Step Program will use this award to revamp their current program to support survivors of human trafficking in taking steps toward living independently through short-term housing, rental assistance, employment assistance, and financial services.