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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.
Learn more about what we do and who we serve through documentaries and video recordings chronicling a range of our clients' stories, illustrating how we touch the lives of those we serve. more
June 2016, DESC will no longer be accepting referrals for Vulnerability Assessment interviews. All housing referrals to DESC will be centralized through King County's Coordinated Entry system as part of King County's implementation of Coordinated Entry for All (CEA). more
The nationwide opiate overdose crisis affects our clients at DESC. We are very pleased that our state legislature sought to address the crisis by making naloxone more widely available in Washington State. DESC developed the "Opiate Overdose Response and Naloxone Administration" procedure in June 2015, with the invaluable assistance of the Center for Opioid Safety Education, a project of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington.
According to a new evaluation by the Canadian Housing First Assessment Taskforce, DESC’s Vulnerability Assessment Tool determined to be the best brief screening tool available to facilitate the screening and prioritization of homeless individuals into Housing First 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
projects under development
Estelle Supportive Housing DESC intends to develop a future affordable housing in Southeast Seattle, located at 3501-3507 Rainier Avenue South. 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 was held on August 30, 2016. more
Primary and behavioral healthcare collaboration between DESC and Harborview Medical Center shows the high level of unmet healthcare needs of homeless people with serious mental illness. It also shows the willingness of people to participate in care when it is made available beyond conventional medical clinic settings. 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
Thank you for celebrating with us and honoring the amazing people and partners who make our work possible. For a complete list of our award recipients and more information about the 2016 Breakfast of Champions, click here.
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2014 DESC Annual Report