the desc difference

DESC remains committed to serving men and women in our community who are most disabled and most vulnerable - and most often forgotten or ignored. These thousands of chronically homeless men and women are often severely and persistently mentally ill, chemically dependent, elderly, HIV-positive, medically frail, physically or developmentally disabled or, most often, affected by some multiple combination of the above.

Humane approaches
We believe it's unacceptable for anyone to experience homelessness. And, we know people living with disabilities become homeless more often, stay homeless longer, and are at the greatest risk for dying on the streets. That's just wrong. Eliminating the chaos of homelessness for people restores dignity, it restores people's hope and it restores people's will to improve their own lives. It is the humane thing to do.

DESC clients are men and women who are the most likely to be injured or victimized on the streets, or to hurt themselves. They are the most "visible" homeless adults in our community and among the highest utilizers of publicly funded services such as emergency rooms, jails, sobering centers and psychiatric hospitals.

DESC has devoted research, creativity, and study to developing an innovate and effective approach to serve homeless adults with serious behavioral disabilities.

Community partnerships
DESC housing and services benefit the broader community. People living on the street diminishes the quality of life for all of us. That's not fair, and it's not the kind of community we all want. DESC's services are made possible through the many partnerships we have in the community that help keep us running: Local and federal government support, the local business community and hundreds of individuals who invest in our work regularly.

Good for taxpayers
A growing body of research shows that it actually costs more to allow people to remain homeless than to provide them the housing and services they need.

A proven success
At DESC, ending homelessness is something we do everyday. Through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing, we assist vulnerable men and women who experiencing chronic homelessness by helping them to achieve housing success, reclaim their lives, and reach their highest human potential.

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