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Best Practice: Rapid Re-housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence - District Alliance for Safe Housing’s Empowerment Project in Washington, DC
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. This report discusses that project and its outcomes.
This presentation discusses how programs can create a framework of safety for survivors by considering their approaches to access, assessment,and other policies and practices. Also discussed are the "how-tos" of safety planning and other tips about working safely with survivors receiving services in homeless/housing programs.