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
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 Supportive Housing DESC is building a future affordable housing in the Interbay neighborhood, located at 2202-2218 15th Avenue West. Construction began in September 2014 and is expected to be completed in late November 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
SAVE THE DATE!
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
Save The Date | Breakfast of Champions October 6, 2015
Be part of celebrating those that have done so much to support the work we do at our annual Breakfast of Champions awards breakfast. more
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 Newsletter is available now, in a new online format. Read about the personal stories of our staff, clients and learn about upcoming projects. more