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 April 21, 2013, DESC's Connections, day service program for homeless men and women, will be closed on Sundays. New hours are Monday to Saturday,from 7:00AM - 7:00PM. For more information about Connections, click here.
Save the Date! Following the success of the first ever national conference on Housing First, DESC and NYC's Pathways to Housing are preparing for the next Housing First Partners' Conference next Spring in Chicago, IL, March 11-15, 2014. More details soon.
projects under development
Delridge Supportive Housing DESC is working on a future affordable housing project in the Delridge neighborhood, located at 5434-5444 Delridge Avenue SW. Construction started early November 2012. more
Research Housing First for chronically homeless people is associated with decreased jail time. Read it here.
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Events & Activities
Thank you to everyone who supported this auction! We raised more than $15,000
towards programs to end women's homelessness! more
Save the date for our annual fundraising gala featuring Keynote Speaker Paul Gionfriddo. more