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

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Interbay Supportive Housing DESC is building a future affordable housing in the Interbay neighborhood, located at 2202-2218 15th Avenue West. Construction began September 2014. more


RESEARCH

Housing First reduces use of emergency medical services more

Pharmaceutical interventions at DESC help with substance use outcomes. more

DESC is proud to have consulted on Portland's Bud Clark Commons. A new study finds positive impact of housing on health care use, costs and 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

SAVE THE DATE!
Following the success of the 2012 and 2014 Housing First Partners Conference, DESC and Pathways National are preparing for next Spring's conference scheduled 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. More details soon.

EVENTS

Retirement Celebration for DESC
Executive Director, Bill Hobson

Bill HobsonAfter over 30 years of leadership, Executive Director Bill Hobson retired on June 30, 2015. He has been a driving force in the fight to end homelessness. For pictures and information from the celebration click here.


Looking for someone with drive!
We are looking for someone who will assist with various in-kind drives that benefit our clients. Assist in developing signage, communicating with donors, cheerleading, and follow up.  Examples?  Our Holiday Gift Drive, Hygiene Drive, Sock Drive, Coat Drive and more!For more information email our Volunteer Officer.


DESC Fall Cornerstone

DESC Newsletter is available now, in a new online format. Read about the personal stories of our staff, clients and learn about upcoming projects. more