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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.
DESC's 2012 Annual Report is here. Enjoy our new format and discover what we accomplished last year.
Full report 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) DESC is working on a future affordable housing project in the Delridge neighborhood, located at 5444 Delridge Way SW. Construction is expected to be completed late November 2013. 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
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! 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.
How you can get involved
Winter Coat Drive DESC is need of warm winter coats, all colors and sizes. This is a great opportunity to set up a giving drive either at work, your place of worship, school, or with family, friends and neighbors. Only gently used coats please, and only coats with workable buttons/zippers. Email Donations for more info.
Holiday Gift Drive Each year DESC's dedicated donors come together to provide holiday gifts to all the men and women we serve. That is quite an undertaking!
We're still in need of 1,000 gift bags. It takes only $10 to make each gift bag.This is a great chance for a company or family to get together to make this happen and spread cheer and hope. more
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