Our Story

In 2006, the District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) was founded at a time when there were less than 50 beds in the city dedicated specifically for victims of domestic violence. Survivors with multiple barriers including mental health and addiction issues had even fewer options for safe housing. Unlike the various housing programs in the city, the vision for DASH has been to create a culture where safe housing is a right shared by everyone. This means that all survivors, regardless of their circumstance, disability, or need should be able to live without fear of abuse or homelessness, and that ensuring that right is incumbent on everyone in the community.

2006: DASH was founded by current Executive Director, Peg Hacskaylo, to address the lack of safe housing for survivors of domestic violence.

2007: Empowerment Project opened to provide scattered site transitional to permanent housing  for survivors and their families.

2009: Temporary housing program, Huruma Place, opened doubling the number of safe beds in the District from 48 to 96.

2010: The Cornerstone Program opened, replacing Huruma Place as the District’s largest safe housing facility.

2013: Survivor Resilience Fund began its’ first stages of development. The program currently provides emergency relief for survivors of domestic violence to maintain their current housing.