Emergency Assistance Fund Policy
The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition (LCHTC) seeks to support the wellbeing of survivors of human trafficking in Lucas, Wood, Seneca, Sandusky, and Ottawa counties. The LCHTC will provide resources to survivors for emergency needs based on
the criteria presented below. All other avenues of community assistance must be
exhausted before applying for this emergency assistance funding. Survivor requests will
be considered on a first come-first served basis and once the emergency funds are
depleted, no other requests can occur in that calendar year.
Requests for emergency assistance can be submitted for approval if funding is available
and if the need cannot be met by another community agency or funding source.
Allowable expenses include any of the following, or other needs at the discretion of the
LCHTC Executive Committee:
If you are working with someone exiting the life and need financial assistance for them, please consider applying for emergency funding.
- Housing-related needs
- Utilities, Rent, Security deposit. Phone bills
- Car repairs, Gas cards, Bus ticket
- Assistance for survivor’s children
(e.g., school clothes, school
- Legal fees related to trafficking or abuse situations
- Medical expenses or co-pays
- Others not listed may be
Request Form and Approval Process
Requests will require approval by both LCHTC Co-Chairs and one other Executive Committee Member. In the event that the request is from one of the Co-Chairs, the other Co-Chair and two Executive Committee members will vote on the request Direct service providers and the survivor will fill out a request form and send the form, as well as documentation of the emergency need, to one of the LCHTC Co-Chairs. All requests need to be submitted via a direct service provider to ensure that the survivor is receiving supportive services. Acceptable documentation could include utility bill, phone bill, a lease, invoices for legal fees, or other documentation to show funding need.
Applications and documentation can be sent to one of the LCHTC Co-Chairs.
Dissemination of Funds and Documentation
After approval, funds will be disseminated by the LCHTC Treasurer directly to the vendor listed in the documentation provided. All receipts will be kept as documentation. If payment cannot be made directly to the vendor, gift cards may be given to the survivor and a signed receipt or written acknowledgement of receipt will be obtained. Contact information for all parties will be kept on file with the LCHTC Treasurer.
The Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition (LCHTC) will provide resources to
survivors for emergency needs based on the criteria presented below. This fund is
available during the calendar year and will be used on a first come-first served basis. All
other available resources should be used to cover these needs before accessing these