Not long ago, DC offered only 48 emergency beds for domestic violence survivors. Ten times that number needed them. The District Alliance for Safe Housing was founded in 2006 to provide low-barrier safe housing complemented by voluntary support services, working to ensure that no woman has to choose between living with abuse and living on the streets. Its doors are open to all, including those suffering from mental illness, addiction, or disability, or those whose family situations might render them ineligible for 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. A new “resilience fund” covers urgent needs that might threaten a family's permanent housing, and a resource center provides self-advocacy tools, training, and resources to over 1,000 survivors. Now the District’s largest safe housing provider for survivors and their families, DASH is not just a shelter – it's a home.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 7

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls

  • Individuals housed (temporary shelters, transitional housing, permanent housing) annually:   350
  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) your organization serves annually:   2000

Awards & Recognition

2016 - Award from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to launch our national project, the National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH).

2015 - Honorable Mention Recipient of the 2015 EXCEL Award for Nonprofit Leadership from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

2014 - DASH was one of four national awardees to receive the Mary Byron Project Celebrating Solutions Award, which showcases and applauds local innovations that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of violence.

2013 - DASH received the "Outstanding Corporate/Nonprofit Partner Serving Women" with The MassMutual Citizenship Award from the Washington Business Journal.

2013 - The Giving Library awarded DASH the production of a video about DASH programs and survivor stories.

2010 - The White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, Lynn Rosenthal called DASH “one of our success stories."

2009 - DASH received the Department of Justice, Justice for Victims of Crime Award.


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for District Alliance for Safe Housing is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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