Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce $500,000 in Housing Assistance for Survivors of Human Trafficking in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), in announcing $500,000 in federal funds for the University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom and Empowerment Center for Human Trafficking Survivors (SAFE Center).
Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking Program. It will help the SAFE Center, in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, provide housing assistance to survivors of human trafficking in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the need for stable, supportive housing for survivors,” the lawmakers. “Through a thoughtful and trauma-informed approach, the Next Step Program will use this new federal funding to continue helping survivors of human trafficking live independently. Maryland is fortunate to have the SAFE Center as a resource to assist survivors and prevent human trafficking. We will keep supporting these crucial efforts in Congress.”