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District Alliance for Safe Housing Inc (DASH)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing

Mission: DASH is an innovator in providing access to safe housing and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families as they rebuild their lives on their own terms.

Results: DASH is the largest provider of safe housing and services in Washington, DC and is a local leader in providing trauma-informed and voluntary services programs. DASH launched our national project, NASH, in 2015 to provide our best practice model to organizations across the country.

Target demographics: survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families who need access to safe housing in order to live safely away from the threat of violence.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, DASH safely housed 323 individuals (128 adults and 195 children) in our emergency-to-transitional and permanent safe housing programs, providing over 100,000 safe nights for families away from the threat of violence. Our community housing staff conducted 49 weekly walk-in clinics and educated 727 survivors about housing protections afforded to victims under local and federal law.

Geographic areas served: Washington, DC

Programs: Our unique continuum of programs provide emergency to transitional, and permanent safe housing programs and services for survivors and their families to live safely and independtenly away from the threat of violence. Our Survivor Resilience Fund provides emergency financial assistance to help survivors maintain their current housing and preventing homelessness. We also host a weekly clinic in the community available to all survivors to provide advocacy and resources.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 1

This non-profit misses the mark. Its director leaves much to be desired. The staff rarely answers the phone and if director does she is of little help. Phone calls for survivors are rarely returned. We are tired of non-profits who barely give more than provide good job references to their upwardly mobile staff. on Wednesdays they are in a church paired up with a legal clinic that rarely accepts clients to represent but mainly there to do just intakes. The purpose of why DASH is there remains to be seen, what they do is give their phone number and ask you to call then do not answer or call back

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

DASH is an absolutely incredible operation. Lots of nonprofits, especially in the DV field, sacrifice the process in order to provide the fastest, biggest impact possible. DASH doesn't sacrifice the process, or the person, for metrics. DASH is not only doing amazing work to take trauma informed care to the next level, but they're also changing the game for nonprofit business practices. I can't say enough about the work of DASH.


Rating: 5

Before volunteering at DASH, I lived in my own bubble and was not aware of the seriousness of domestic violence and sexual abuse and how women (along with their children) who were victims, suffered . DASH educated me through from their volunteering orientation about domestic violence, in addition to the services that DASH offers to women and their families to help them recover from their traumatic experiences. I was shocked about the statistics on domestic violence and sexual abuse, however, a part of that shock was offset because of what I learned about DASH's impact on the community. In just 2013 alone, DASH housed 94 women and 131 children in addition to providing over 80,000 safe-nights for victims. Imagine being abused and oppressed, living in fear and having no voice or no where to run to -- it's frightening. Well, this is what makes DASH such a rewarding place to volunteer because DASH gives women a place to escape, to feel safe.

Furthermore, what I have really enjoyed about volunteering at DASH is how well the organization is structured. Everything is well-run and all of the staff are always on top of everything. The organization is constantly active with programs that help the residents and there is always something for everyone to do. I would definitely recommend this organization to anyone looking for a place to work, volunteer or support.