DASH’s Empowerment Project: Rapid Re-Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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National Alliance to End Homelessness

Best Practice | April 20, 2010

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The District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) is a domestic violence housing and service agency in Washington, DC. Its mission is to ensure access to safe and sustainable refuge for survivors of domestic violence and their children through the development and management of safe housing and related services. It also provides capacity building assistance to community-based organizations to expand their knowledge and ability to serve survivors and their children in an effort to promote the overall safety of women and children in the District.

Between 2007 and 2008, DASH piloted the Empowerment Project, a transition-in-place program that provided families with time-limited rental assistance and case management to help them quickly transition to housing in the community.

The document includes the following information about the Empowerment Project:

  • Program History
  • Program Description, including Targeting/Eligibility, Funding, and Services
  • Outcomes
  • Lessons Learned

The 2007-2008 Empowerment Project pilot served six families, each of which was able to successfully retain its housing.

Home-visiting is seen as being critical to the success of the pilot program. Home visiting and building connections with community-based organizations prevented isolation for the families, an issue that had initially concerned providers. The home visits also allowed the Empowerment Advocate to continue to get to know the family and understand their needs on a deeper level as they transitioned into their new housing.

One of the biggest lessons to emerge from the Empowerment Project pilot is that families can transition more rapidly out of housing and into the community with housing search assistance, time-limited rental support, and supportive services.