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$500,000 Grant To Help Human Trafficking Victims Find Housing, Pay For Essential Services

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The Florida Center for Children and Youth will be receiving a $500,000 grant that can be used to help human trafficking victims pay for housing and essential services.

The Florida Center for Children and Youth will be getting almost $500,000 to help human trafficking victims find housing. The money is part of a larger grant stemming from the U.S. Department of Justice to stop human trafficking and provide trafficking victims with services.

In a statement, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Lawrence Keefe says victims' struggles don't end when they break free from those who exploit them.

"With the assistance of these grants, communities throughout our District can continue to provide [victims] with the critical support that they need," Keefe says.

The grant can help pay costs related to short-term or transitional housing for human trafficking victims. Those costs include rent, utilities, security deposits, or relocation costs for six to 24 months. The money can also help victims find more permanent housing, jobs, and boost the victim's vocational skills. It also pays for counseling.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.