Safe Housing Programs

Cornerstone Building/Emergency and Transitional Safe Housing

Cornerstone Building/Emergency and Transitional Safe Housing

When it opened in November 2010, the Cornerstone Residence became the District’s largest dedicated safe housing program. It provides 43 apartment units for survivors of domestic violence and their families in crisis. Residents may live at Cornerstone for up to 2 years while working with DASH advocates (case workers) to address their needs and ultimately live safely and independently. Advocates provide intensive support, in teams, to ensure residents receive consistent attention and services. All services are offered on a voluntary basis, affording residents the opportunity to determine their own goals toward re-establishing their lives on their own terms. All residents are connected to a range of community resources to help them move toward long-term or permanent housing, as well as emotional and financial independence. DASH has provided over 80,000 “safe nights” for survivors away from the threat of violence.

Empowerment Project/Transitional to Permanent Housing

Empowerment Project/Transitional to Permanent Housing

Our scattered site transitional-to-permanent housing project, called the Empowerment Project, is an innovative approach to providing housing for survivors whose credit and rental histories were damaged during abusive relationships, which often prevents them from establishing housing stability long after the physical abuse has ended. Participants are offered the opportunity to sign a lease on an apartment of their choosing that best meets their familial, financial and safety needs, made possible by the relationships DASH has established with landlords across the city. DASH provides a rental subsidy, along with intensive supportive services and resources, so the individuals and families can become financially independent over the course of two years. DASH’s Empowerment Advocate works with each participant to focus on financial goals such as paying down debt, restoring damaged credit and saving money for future goals, all while building a solid rental history in a safe apartment unit. After two years (or sooner), participants are poised to take over full financial responsibility of their apartment. Since 2009, DASH has increased its transitional to permanent housing through the Empowerment Project and expanded permanent housing from 10 to 15 survivors and their families.

Survivor Resilience Fund

Survivor Resilience Fund

Through our Survivor Resilience Fund, DASH provides emergency financial assistance to help survivors address needs which might threaten their permanent housing, help them achieve safety, and gain the support they need to move forward with their lives. The Survivor Resilience fund can cover a number of expenses including home security measures, moving costs, legal fees and repairs to damaged property. In addition to determining what financial support is needed, DASH staff will go over a safety and wellness plan with survivors to help equip them to remain safe while in the community. Providing survivors with financial support such as this can mean the difference between housing stability and life on the streets.

Housing Resource Center

Housing Resource Center

 The Housing Resource Center (HRC) is the hub of DASH’s efforts to prevent homelessness among domestic violence survivors. We assist survivors in completing housing applications, obtaining safety transfers, navigating the public housing system, and making connections to community services. Survivors can conduct housing searches in our computer lab and work one-on-one with Housing Specialists.

DASH also conducts a weekly drop-in Housing Resource Clinic, informing survivors of their rights and protections under federal and local housing laws, and providing strategies for finding housing. Our Housing Resource Center Online is a web-based information clearinghouse with comprehensive information on housing programs for survivors, including details on admission processes, eligibility requirements, and accessibility for people with disabilities.