DOJ – Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking (2021)

Applications due: by March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Pursuant to 22 U.S.C. § 7105(b)(2), OVC supports programs that provide 6 to 24 months of transitional housing with support services to victims of human trafficking who are in need of housing as a result of human trafficking. Under this program, transitional housing refers to both transitional housing assistance and short-term housing assistance, which are defined as follows:


Transitional housing assistance is temporary housing offered for at least 6 months and no more than 24 months that helps victims transition into permanent housing. Transitional housing is not an extended shelter stay.


Short-term housing assistance is rental assistance and/or other financial assistance (e.g., security deposits, utility assistance, relocation costs, etc.) offered for at least 6 months and no more than 24 months that helps victims transition into permanent housing. Short-term housing assistance is not emergency shelter, rental assistance offered for less than 6 months, or financial assistance for victims not provided with housing.

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 Grant information

Funding Title: OVC FY 2021 Housing Assistance Grants
for Victims of Human Trafficking Solicitation

Agency Name: DOJ – Office for Victims of Crime

Funding Opportunity Number: O-OVC-2021-63003

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes

Target Population: Human Trafficking

Expected Number of Awards: 25

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

Estimated Total Program Funding: $15,000,000

Award Ceiling: $600,000

Award Floor: $0

Current Closing Date for Applications: by March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, State governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), City or township governments

For more information

Link to Full Announcement: Link to Grants.gov listing and full solicitation



Categories: Department of Justice, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Human Trafficking, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Public Housing Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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