Launching in January 2019 and serving the South Plains region, Open Door Survivor Housing will provide 20 units of transitional housing and comprehensive supportive services including child care, intensive counseling, life skills classes, and 24-hour on-call case management for periods of 6-18 months.
Sex Trafficking on the South Plains
Many people think human trafficking is something that happens “out there” in some vague other place - maybe a major cosmopolitan city or a distant foreign country. But human trafficking is a problem right here in Lubbock.
Out of the 462 sexual assault cases reported by Voice of Hope in 2017, 69 involved victims of sex trafficking, and of the 434 people experiencing homelessness in Lubbock in 2017, 40% reported having experienced physical or sexual violence while homeless. And these are just the reported numbers. The reality is that most cases of sex trafficking go unreported and many people suffer without help.
“One of the primary barriers we face as service providers is finding appropriate housing for survivors… Not having safe, affordable housing to turn to means that victims are more likely to stay in exploitive situations (because there is nowhere else to go) or be re-trafficked or otherwise unsafe.” (Break the Chain Campaign, cited in the Federal Strategic Action Plan)
Open Door Survivor Housing provides transitional housing and therapeutic supportive services for adult victims of sex trafficking and their children for a period of up to 18 months, at NO COST to program participants. Survivor Housing provides a critical opportunity for survivors to escape trafficking, experience holistic healing, and begin to rebuild a stable and sustainable life.