The nationwide opiate overdose crisis affects our clients at DESC. We are very pleased that our state legislature sought to address the crisis by making naloxone more widely available in Washington State. DESC developed the "Opiate Overdose Response and Naloxone Administration" procedure in June 2015, with the invaluable assistance of the Center for Opioid Safety Education, a project of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington.
According to a new evaluation by the Canadian Housing First Assessment Taskforce, DESC’s Vulnerability Assessment Tool determined to be the best brief screening tool available to facilitate the screening and prioritization of homeless individuals into Housing First services. more
Daniel Malone, twenty-six year veteran of DESC, steps up to lead DESC effective July 1, 2015. more
2014 DESC Annual Report
projects under development
Estelle Supportive Housing DESC intends to develop a future affordable housing in Southeast Seattle, located at 3501-3507 Rainier Avenue South. An informational forum about this new housing development was held on August 5, 2015 at DESC Rainier House. more
Housing First for people with serious psychiatric problems eliminates homelessness and significantly reduces psychiatric hospitalizations. more
Chronic homelessness is a serious public health issue that places a strain on health-care and criminal justice systems. Typical housing models place requirements on chronically homeless individuals that are often experienced as insurmountable barriers to housing. This article describes the key features and evidence base of the "single-site" Housing First model in use at DESC, using our 1811 Eastlake program as a case study. more
Housing First reduces use of emergency medical services more
consultation and technical assistance
While DESC's priority is to provide services for vulnerable people in our community, we also make ourselves available for consultation to share our accumulated wisdom and strategies to address the most difficult to serve chronically homeless populations. more
Following the success of the 2012 and 2014 Housing First Partners Conference, DESC and Pathways National presented the 2016 Housing First Partners Conference, "Taking Housing First to Scale," on March 22-25, 2016, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The 2016 conference was attended by over 800 service providers, federal, state and local government officials, funders, researchers, advocates, trainers, peers and thought leaders engaged in ending homelessness through Housing First. more
Remembering Bill Hobson
The former director of DESC, and creator of the Housing First philosophy passed away on March 4 at his home. He was 76.
Bill was determined that the most marginalized and forgotten segments of society got the resources they needed to lead a quality life. This was his fight for social justice. Virtually everything we do at DESC is Bill's legacy. His stance that there is no such thing as a throwaway person remains the inspiration for our work.
Read more about Bill's life and legacy or make a gift in his honor here
We we able to raise over $144,000 at the Dreaming of Home Gala on May 19th.
Special Thanks to Keynote Speaker Maia Szalavitz and our gala host Deborah Horne of KIRO 7.
For more about this years results, visit our events page here
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