District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH)

WISH LIST: $100: 1 week of emergency food supplies for a family; $500: enrollment and books for job training classes for 1 woman; $1000: 1 month's subsidized rent for a family

Not long ago, DC offered only 48 emergency beds for domestic violence survivors. Ten times as many people needed them. The District Alliance for Safe Housing was founded to ensure that no woman had to choose between living with abuse and living on the streets. Dedicated to expanding the housing safety-net for abused women and enabling them to rebuild their lives on their own terms, DASH provides low-barrier safe housing complemented by voluntary support services. DASH's doors are open to all, including those suffering from mental illness, addiction, or disability, as well as women whose family situations might render them ineligible for safe housing elsewhere (having more than four children or being the caretakers of adult relatives). In addition to emergency and transitional housing, DASH runs a transitional-to-permanent housing program where families receive subsidized housing and two years of intensive support as they work towards self-sufficiency; the Housing Resource Center also provides self-advocacy tools, training, and resources to over 1,000 survivors. For many survivors, DASH is not only a shelter it's a home.