DISH: Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing

Nonprofit Property Management Services Focused to End Homelessness in San Francisco

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Supportive housing has been proven to improve the health and quality of life for America’s poorest people: those who are homeless for long periods of time and who cycle through hospitals, jails, streets, and shelters.  Within the supportive housing field, property management can be a weak link due to the compounding factors of scarce funding, wear and tear on housing developments, an insufficiently trained workforce, and the fundamental conflict between the social mission of ending homelessness and the business of property management.   

DISH, a fiscally sponsored project of Tides, works closely with San Francisco’s Department of Public Health to develop and provide tailored nonprofit property management to city subsidized residential hotels which provide permanent supportive housing for more than 450 formerly homeless adults.  
Through its work, DISH demonstrates the healing effects of a home and stable community and reinforces the self-worth of persons who have not had access to a clean place to live.

DISH has strived to recruit, retain, and promote -- at all levels -- a diverse staff and leadership that are representative of the demographic characteristics of the clients they serve. When asked about the partnership, Doug Gary, co- director of DISH, explains “DISH just celebrated its fourth anniversary and we simply couldn't have done it without Tides. Tides Center provides an impressive array of services and its staff is fantastic. I've worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years and every nonprofit I've served has struggled most with the administrative side of things. We are proud of our mission fit with Tides and grateful for Tides’ help, leadership, and friendship.”

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