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.
Housing First as healthcare The Spring/Summer 2014 edition of Northwest Public Health features an article by DESC Deputy Director Daniel Malone describing how supportive housing interventions like DESC’s Housing First approach benefit not only the people served but the overall health system as well. Read it here
DESC is proud of longtime Board member Clark Kimerer's induction into the Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame. The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) announced the 2014 inductees during its 2014 CEBCP Symposium held on June 24, 2014 in Arlington, VA. The Hall of Fame is the only recognition of its kind, recognizing impressive accomplishments by those in law enforcement who not only have been central to the implementation of a documented rigorous scientific evaluation of police practices, but also have shown a consistent record of incorporating evidence-based practices into policing. Read it here
SAMHSA's Homeless Resource Center's Voices from the Field blogtalked about the implementation of alcohol management as a key harm reduction intervention at DESC's 1811 Eastlake supportive housing program. Read it here
projects under development
Interbay Supportive Housing DESC to develop a future affordable housing in the Interbay neighborhood, located at 2202-2218 15th Avenue West. Construction will begin in September 2014. more
Pharmaceutical interventions at DESC help with substance use outcomes. more
DESC is proud to have consulted on Portland's Bud Clark Commons. A new study finds positive impact of housing on health care use, costs and outcomes. 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
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October 2, 2014
DESC 35th Anniversary Gala
at The Sheraton Seattle
Visit our event page for for registration and information.
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.