The DASH Supportive Housing Program is a federally-funded program in Durham County, which provides rental assistance and supportive services to assist the most vulnerable households with an adult family member with a behavioral health disorder move from homelessness to affordable permanent housing. The program links participants to independent, affordable housing opportunities and provides access to supportive services including care coordination, medication management, life skills training, tenancy and budgeting training, behavioral health counseling,  and transportation and vocational services to increase housing stability, increase income opportunities and obtain greater self-sufficiency.

Section A: Eligible Participants (Who Can Be Housed)

For purposes of this program, only families (including a child under age of 18) with an adult household member with a documented disabling condition with one of the following homeless situations will be considered. Each situation listed below must have some “documentation” to support the claim:

  • Living in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, parks, sidewalks or abandoned buildings (“on the street”)
  • Living in a publicly or privately operated shelter designated to provide temporary living arrangements (including congregate shelters, transitional housing, and hotels and motels paid for by charitable organizations or by federal, state and local government programs) in a publicly or privately operated emergency shelter
  • However, families coming from transitional housing must have originally come from the streets or emergency shelter)
  • Is exiting an institution where (s)he has resided for 90 days or less and who resided in an emergency shelter or place not meant for human habitation immediately before entering that institution.

For the purposes of this program, only individuals with a documented disabling condition with one of the following chronically homeless situations will be considered. Each situation below must have some “documentation” to support the claim:

  • Living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter AND
  • Has been homeless continuously for at least 12 months OR
  • On at least four separate occasions in the last three years where the combined occasions must total at least 12 months (365 days).

Note: Occasion is defined by a break of at least seven nights not residing in an emergency shelter, safe haven, or residing in a place meant for human habitation (e.g., staying with a friend, in a hotel/motel paid for by program participant).  Stays in institution of fewer than 90 days do not constitute as a break and count toward total time homeless.

Section B: Disability

Applicants must have a primary diagnosis of one or more of the following:

  • Serious Mental Illness
  • Chronic Substance Abuse
  • Developmental Disability
  • AIDS

A person shall be considered disabled by this diagnosis if the impairment is expected to be of indefinite duration, substantially impedes the person’s ability to live independently, and is of such a nature that such ability could be improved by more suitable housing conditions. The Verification of Disability must be completed by a professional who is licensed by the state to diagnose and treat that condition.

Section C: Income

This program does not require a source of income at the time of application and/or program entry. When an participant obtains a source of cash income they will be required to pay 30% of their monthly adjusted income towards rent and/or utilities.

Section D: Criminal Background

If an applicant has one of the following criminal activities they may be deemed ineligible for the program. No other felony convictions will be considered.

  • Have been convicted of manufacturing or producing methamphetamine on federally-assisted housing property
  • Are a convicted sex offender subject to a lifetime registration requirement under a State sex offender registration program
  • Have a history of serious violence such as fire-starting or serial rape or   behaviors that would put other tenants in jeopardy.

Note: The applicant may seek a “reasonable accommodation” if his/her criminal activity is a direct result of the disabling condition identified in the verification of disability.

Section E: Substance Use

This program uses a Housing First model and has no programmatic preconditions such as demonstration of sobriety, completion of alcohol or drug treatment or agreeing to comply with a treatment regimen upon entry in the program.

Section F: Other Requirements

Applicants must complete the Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assessment Tool (VI-SPDAT) and have been placed on the community wide single and family prioritization lists.  To be considered for DASH applicants must have a VI-SPDAT score of 10 or higher and participated in an adult or homeless care review within the last 12 months.

Download the DASH-Home Again Application.



Page last modified: July 18, 2018