In 2015, The District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) was awarded a multi-year grant from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women to launch a national program, The National Alliance for Safe Housing (NASH), to provide greater access to safe housing for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
NASH’s mission is to create a culture where safe housing is a right shared by everyone, through improved access, increased resources, and innovative solutions for survivors of violence. This NASH project provides programs and communities with the tools, strategies and support necessary to improve coordination between domestic and sexual violence services and homeless and housing providers, so that survivors and their children can ultimately avoid homelessness as the only means of living free from abuse.
NASH will reach a broad audience of stakeholders across the country including domestic violence, sexual assault, and victim-specific housing programs, as well as homeless service providers and homeless Continuums of Care. The efforts of NASH will help to inform and support the work of the newly formed Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium, comprised of three federal agencies: the Department of Justice (OVW and Office for Victims of Crime), the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services (Family Violence Prevention and Services); as well as four technical assistance providers: DASH, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence, and Collaborative Solutions, Inc. The consortium will work with providers nationwide to improve policies, identify promising practices and strengthen collaborations in order to enhance the safety and stability of survivors of domestic violence and their children.