Over 30 years ago, Little Para House was established in the outer northern suburbs of Adelaide. It grew from humble beginnings as a youth shelter to the supported housing provider for young people in the outer north. A name change to Umbrella Youth Housing was followed by the launch of many innovative projects and collaborations that led to an increase in properties available for homless young people. Umbrella extended its reach and embarked on an outreach service for the youth sector which was based in the city and called City Outreach. Changes in government priorities and a review of the sector resulted in the demise of Umbrella's operations in the outer north. This however couldn't stop the momentum of the organisation. Instead this led to the birth of DASH Inc and the service Metro Housing. This service was piloted and successfully provided benevolent property management services for the Youth Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (YSAAP). DASH registered as a community housing provider winning status as a growth provider with a specialised target group of young people. Over the years DASH has gradually devoloped a portfolio of housing stock spread across the metropolitan area.
All this has been accomplioshed through the support and generosity over the years of dedicated, hardworking and professional staff, volunteers, and supporters in partnership with government and community organisations. DASH has also received recognition for its services winning sector awards along the way.
Further and more recent changes in government priorities have resulted in Metro Housing ceasing to operate, but this has not deterred DASH's resolve to continue to strive to ensure the plight of young people in housing crisis remains a priority for government and the community.