Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the “Trafficking Victims Housing Act of 2017” (S.2305) on January 11. The bill would require the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) to conduct a study on current resources and policies that affect human trafficking survivors’ access to homeless and housing services. Safe, affordable housing is critical for preventing human trafficking and helping survivors—who are often homeless before, during, or after this experience—fully recovery. The national shortage of affordable housing and limited federal funding leaves survivors vulnerable to re-victimization, economic instability, and other barriers. The bill aims to bring together the expertise and data from various federal agencies to develop family-centered and survivor-led best practices and programs to better help survivors recover.
NLIHC endorsed the bill and sent a letter to Senator Brown to voice our support.
Learn more about the Trafficking Victims Housing Act at: http://bit.ly/2DHjF18
Read NLIHC’s letter at: http://bit.ly/2mQaqUy