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

Estelle Supportive Housing DESC intends to develop a future affordable housing in Southeast Seattle, located at 3501-3507 Rainier Avenue South. An informational forum about this new housing development was held on August 5, 2015 at DESC Rainier House. more

North 96th Street DESC recently started working on another new affordable housing development in the North Aurora Avenue neighborhood, located at 937 N 96th Street. An informational forum about this new housing development will be held on August 30, 2016. more


Housing First for people with serious psychiatric problems eliminates homelessness and significantly reduces psychiatric hospitalizations. more

Chronic homelessness is a serious public health issue that places a strain on health-care and criminal justice systems. Typical housing models place requirements on chronically homeless individuals that are often experienced as insurmountable barriers to housing. This article describes the key features and evidence base of the "single-site" Housing First model in use at DESC, using our 1811 Eastlake program as a case study. more

Housing First reduces use of emergency medical services 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


We we able to raise over $144,000 at the Dreaming of Home Gala on May 19th.

DESC 2016 Gala

Special Thanks to Keynote Speaker Maia Szalavitz and our gala host Deborah Horne of KIRO 7.

For more about this year's results, visit our events page here.

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2014 DESC Annual Report

Available here