DASH occupy offices on the ground floor of Hudson House in Gilesgate, the former Lord Gort pub, which was converted in 2017.
We successfully applied to Durham County Council and Homes England for funding to support the conversion of the first floor and part of the ground floor to provide 4no. 1 bed. self-contained flats which are being let at affordable rent.
DASH provides accommodation and support for homeless people and people at risk of homelessness, however from now on the charity will also be providing affordable homes for local people. DASH became a Registered Provider of Social Housing in March last year and will now develop capacity to build or refurbish properties to rent as affordable homes for local families.
Social housing gives people a home, it’s cheaper to rent than privately rented housing and usually provides a long-term tenancy, giving renters the chance to put down roots.
Being a Registered Provider of Social Housing will be an extension to the work the charity already does in providing accommodation and support for homeless people and people at risk of homelessness. This excellent service will continue to be delivered and will be unaffected by the development of an affordable housing arm to the organisation.
The name DASH have chosen for their new affordable housing trading arm, ‘Kepier Homes’, was inspired by the history of the former Kepier Hospital. The ruined gatehouse of Kepier Hospital lies beside the River Wear, a short walk from Gilesgate. It was founded at the same time as St. Giles Church in 1112, which was originally the hospital chapel. The hospital originally functioned as an almshouse for older men in housing need. Later, it also provided accommodation for travellers and pilgrims to Durham Cathedral. The location and function of the former hospital fits well with the ethos of our charitable work, and also reflects an evocative local and historical connection with our base in Durham City.