consultation and technical assistance

The Consultation and Technical Assistance program at DESC represents 35 years of accumulated wisdom and strategies developed to address the most vulnerable and most difficult to serve chronically homeless populations.

As a tenet of the DESC mission to end homelessness, staff embrace the belief that information sharing among peer agencies will result in improved services, greater housing success, and a more rapid end to homelessness nationwide. A curriculum based on specific Housing First principles and evidence based approaches to ending homelessness have been designed to help others communities achieve the comparable levels of success which characterize DESC programs.

Among the training and consultation services offered by DESC are:

  • One-on-one on-site consultation services
  • Intensive residential institutes
  • On-line learning opportunities
  • Staff shadowing and peer learning
  • Vulnerability Assessment Tool training
  • Speaking Invitation and Workshop Presentation

Rates are based on a sliding fee scale. For more information, contact

DESC participated in Washington State's Annual Conference on Ending Homelessness held in Yakima, WA on May 21 and 22, 2014 and presented ten informative workshops on Housing First track. On June 18-20, 2014, DESC presented at the 2014 Washington Behavioral Healthcare Conference on topics that included tracts focus on innovative, effective and creative approaches to healthcare integration in clinical and supportive housing settings.



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Following the success of the 2012 Housing First Partners Conference, DESC and Pathways to Housing presented the 2014 Housing First Partners Conference, Housing First and Systems Change, on March 11-14, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference was attended by over 700 service providers, federal, state and local government officials, funders, researchers, advocates, trainers, peers and thought leaders engaged in ending homelessness through Housing First. more

If you would like to be informed of plans for future Housing First Partners Conferences, please email

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