black and white photos by David Entrikin

Opening Doors since 1979

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. more

latest news
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

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

On May 21-22, 2014, DESC will be participating in Washington State's Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness to be held in Yakima, WA. DESC will present ten informative workshops on Housing First track.

On June 18-20, 2014, DESC will be back in Yakima, WA at the 2014 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference. DESC's workshops will include tracts that focus on innovative, effective and creative approaches to healthcare integration in clinical and supportive housing settings.


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.



October 2, 2014
DESC 35th Anniversary Gala
at The Sheraton Seattle

2014 Breakfast Of ChampionsThe First Annual
Breakfast of Champions held on Thursday April 10th, was a delightful success. Supporters gathered to help end chronic homelessness in our community and honor our donors and volunteers who support this important mission

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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