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Save the date for The North Star!

Please join us in celebrating the opening of DESC’s The North Star, on Thursday, July 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at 924 & 934 N. 143rd Street, Seattle, WA 98133.

This permanent supportive housing project will provide 100 adults experiencing homelessness a place to call home, with the supports and services they need to thrive.

Come hear public officials from the city of Seattle and King County as they detail the impacts of this new location, then follow the self-guided tour for a look around the building as well as learn more information on DESC’s programming across the city. Masks are required during the indoor portion of the event, and please note parking around the building is limited. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Northgate emergency housing opens

DESC’s Director of Housing Noah Fay joined King County Executive Dow Constantine and Dept. of Community and Human Services Director Leo Flor to open our second emergency housing site, Health Through Housing Northgate.

In the video, Noah and Mr. Flor answer questions from the media about how HTH is transforming the service model and providing dignity and stability to our guests.

Read more about this facility here.

Housing placement

Coordinated Entry for All (CEA)

DESC Permanent Supportive Housing units are managed through Coordinated Entry for All (CEA) administered by the King County Regional Homelessness Authority (KCRHA).

This system uses an assessment tool called the “Housing Triage Tool”—VI-SPDAT—to prioritize and match homeless households to vacant units. Housing placements are allocated based on an individual’s VI-SPDAT score.

CEA is presently using COVID prioritization, which takes into consideration racial identity and risk of COVID-related health complications, for the Priority Pool. Those in the Priority Pool are nominated in a weekly meeting to fill vacant units. Here is King County’s FAQ

Referrals that did not come from the CEA Priority Pool are considered “External Fills” (EF). If after two weeks of offering units to the households on the Priority Pool there are vacant units still available, they are open to EF. EF are open to all service providers in a different weekly meeting and nominations are prioritized by the DESC Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT).

These processes mean that a client needs to complete:

  • Housing Triage Tool for the current CEA prioritization either through a Regional Access Point or by a service provider that is a trained assessor.
  • VAT for the External Fill prioritization. The VAT requires the household to complete a VAT interview with a VAT assessor. Organizations with trained VAT assessors include, but are not limited to, DESC, REACH, LIHI, Catholic Community Services, and Lifelong.

Monthly Seattle-Bellevue rents are double monthly disability benefits

Up until fairly recently, a person living on disability benefits in the Seattle-Bellevue metro area could come close to affording an apartment, though they likely would have spent their entire income on rent. Rent has skyrocketed since then, and in 2022 that gap yawns wider than ever. Fair market rent for the smallest of units is twice as much as a disability check from SSI.

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