DASH: Developing Alternative Solutions to Housing
DASH is a not-for-profit community housing association serving young people in South Australia. Our mission is to provide young people in need with safe, stable and affordable housing; a place to call home.
DASH's 40 year history began with the establishment of the Little Para House youth shelter in the outer Northern Suburbs of Adelaide in 1978. From humble beginnings, Little Para House grew to provide supported housing for homeless youth across an expanded portfolio of properties. As part of an expanded service, Little Para House change it's name to Umbrella Youth Housing and provided a youth outreach program in the Adelaide CBD, called City Outreach.
Responding to changes in government priorities and the launch of the Youth Supported Accommodation Assistance Program, Umbrella Youth Housing adapted and continued it's momentum in the youth sector, leading to the birth of the Metro Housing supported housing service. DASH Inc was established at the same time as a Community Housing Provider for young people, complementing the services offered through Metro Housing.
DASH gradually developed a portfolio of housing stock across the greater Adelaide metropolitan area through partnership with the Housing Trust and other organisations. In 2015 DASH was registered as a Tier 3 provider by the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.
DASH's accomplishments, from it's beginnings as Little Para House, and later the supported accommodation services of Umbrella Youth Housing and Metro Housing, are built upon the support and generosity of dedicated, hardworking and professional staff, volunteers and supporters. Government and community partnerships have also been pivotal to DASH's service of young people over the last 40 years.
Every young person should have a safe place to call home.
To provide young people in need with safe, stable and affordable housing; a place to call home.
DASH Inc manages 93 properties across the greater metropolitan area, ranging from 1 bedroom bedsits to 4 bedroom houses.
Our properties are located as far north as Gawler and as far south as Hackham.
In 2017/18, DASH provided secure, affordable housing for 108 young people and 57 children.
DASH tenants come from all walks of life and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. In 2017/18, 12% of DASH tenants identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and 13% from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Our tenants are engaged in part-time or full time work, studying at TAFE or University, looking for work, finishing their South Australian Certification of Education and/or juggling the demands and rewards of parenting.
The average gross income per tenancy in 2014/15 was $472 per week, the lowest $210 per week.
Tenants at the higher end of the income spectrum are generally in larger families or are preparing for the transition to home ownership or the private rental market. They have completed their education or training and have achieved financial sustainability through employment.
Over the last five years, 60% of tenants exited housing with DASH to move into private rental accommodation and 11% into home ownership. DASH is incredibly proud of these outcomes as they represent the realisation of our tenant's aspirations and their growing independence, self-reliance and self-determination.