black and white photos by David Entrikin
DESC opened its doors in 1979 as an emergency shelter, a place for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for the night.
Today our mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community's most vulnerable people, through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.
Effective January 12, 2014, DESC's Connections, day service program for homeless men and women, will be cpen again 7 days a week, Monday to Sunday from 7:00AM - 7:00PM. For more information about Connections, click here.
The Seattle Times referred to DESC in its September 21, 2013 editorial column about DESC's participation in assisting individuals who are homeless enroll for healthcare insurance.
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness referred to DESC in two separate mentions in its June 20, 2013 newsletter, about DESC's Vulnerability Assessment Tool and Housing First Standards. more
Research New study at DESC in American Journal of Public Health: Housing First retains people in housing, even when they were not actively seeking it. Read it here.
projects under development
Interbay Supportive Housing DESC intends to develop a future affordable housing in the Interbay neighborhood, located at 2202-2218 15th Avenue W. An informational forum about this new housing development was held on June 26, 2013 at the Seattle Armory. more
Cottage Grove Commons (formerly Delridge Supportive Housing)Cottage Grove Commons, 5444 Delridge Way SW, is now open! 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
registER now! DESC and Pathways to Housing present the 2014 Housing First Partners Conference in Chicago, Illinois on March 11-14, 2014. more
On June 19-21, DESC attended the 2013 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference in Yakima, WA. DESC presented several workshops that include tracts that focus on innovative, effective and creative approaches to healthcare integration in clinical and supportive housing settings. In May, DESC participated in Washington State's 23rd Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness held in Tacoma, WA and presented nine informative workshops on Housing First track. View a list of DESC's topics to both conference here.
Join Us for our First Annual
Breakfast of Champions, to help end chronic homelessness in our community and honor our donors and volunteers who support this important mission.
April 10, 2014 from 7:30 - 9:00 am, at The Arctic Club Seattle
700 3rd Avenue Seattle, WA 98104
Our pants are down! DESC is need of gently used or new men's pants. Specifically sturdy, heavy duty pants like jeans or dark khakis. Though we can also use women's pants, we have immediate need for adult men's pants for our emergency closets. Do a drive, clean out your closets and help us get our pants up to where they need to be! Email Donations for more info.
Looking for someone with drive!
We are looking for someone who will assist with various in-kind drives that benefit our clients. Assist in developing signage, communicating with donors, cheerleading, and follow up. Examples? Our Holiday Gift Drive, Hygiene Drive, Sock Drive, Coat Drive and more!For more information email our Volunteer Officer.
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