black and white photos by David Entrikin
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.
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
Daniel Malone, twenty-six year veteran of DESC, steps up to lead DESC effective July 1, 2015. more
2014 DESC Annual Report
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
This November, we're raising funds to feed hungry DESC clients year-round!Each 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.
SAVE THE DATE
March 4th 2016, Triple Door Seattle
Gimme Shelter Benefit Concert
Featuring the Dusty 45's
& Special Guests
Photography by: Aquila Daniel Photography