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DASH provides accommodation for single homeless people in County Durham. As well as rough sleepers, the kinds of homeless people DASH help include people forced to rely on family and friends for somewhere to stay; people leaving hospital, care or prison; and people whose private tenancies are at risk for whatever reason, including financial hardship.

DASH have numerous bed spaces throughout the county. Demand for these is increasing year on year. During 2020, DASH received 710 referrals from people who were homeless or threatened with homelessness. Of the 710, 548 were male and 162 were female. Of those referred in 2020, 88 were rough sleepers. However, it is fairly widely known that the main issue in Durham is more that of ‘hidden homelessness’ rather than sleeping rough on the streets. Our data, taken from our referrals shows that the majority of people who were referred (646), were in temporary accommodation including prison, living with family or friends, hospital, private sector tenancies, supported housing, probation hostel etc.

A significant change in recent years has been the level of complex needs of people coming into DASH services. DASH manages tenancies for people with long-term mental health problems, people with substance misuse or alcohol problems, people excluded from mainstream housing because of an offending history or financial issues and young inexperienced people on their own for the first time.

If you’re in need of supported accommodation because of homelessness, why not fill out our secure online referral form. It only takes minutes to complete and can be accessed from here – Online referral form.