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

2014 DESC Annual Report
Available here

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

Interbay Place (formerly Interbay Supportive Housing) DESC is building a future affordable housing in the Interbay neighborhood, located at 2208 15th Avenue West. Construction began in September 2014 and is expected to be completed in late November 2015. Join us at the opening celebration on December 15, 2015. more


Housing First reduces use of emergency medical services more

Pharmaceutical interventions at DESC help with substance use outcomes. 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

Following the success of the 2012 and 2014 Housing First Partners Conference, DESC and Pathways National will be holding the next conference on March 22-25, 2016, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The 2016 conference theme "Taking Housing First to Scale" will explore the implementation of Housing First across all elements of homeless services, housing systems and policy change. For more information, click here.


Get Your Outerwear Out of There
…and donate here, at DESC! We are in need for men's winter coats. Currently, we are accepting new and used coats in good condition that can be closed, by snaps, buttons, zippers or Velcro. A large quantity needed, so please consider doing a men's coat drive for DESC!

Your donation of winter coats could save lives on that next chilly night.

Contact for more info.

This November, we're raising funds to feed hungry DESC clients year-round!246 logoEach year, Thanksgiving brings offers of donated food, fresh pies and turkey with all the trimmings. Our clients eat like royalty for the day!

The day after Thanksgiving, when you're assembling a perfect turkey sandwich, we'll still be here offering hot meals and wrap-around services to people in need.

DESC is there for our clients 365 days each year. Make a gift to the 364 campaign today and help us provide nutritious meals and care all year long.

March 4th 2016, Triple Door Seattle

8th Annual
Gimme Shelter Benefit Concert
Featuring the Dusty 45's
& Special Guests

Dusty 45's
Photography by: Aquila Daniel Photography