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DESC begins building Bitter Lake
The Bitter Lake Supportive Housing project (now officially named The North Star) is under construction. We celebrated the groundbreaking during a virtual ceremony on June 1.
When complete, the new building will provide homes for 100 single, disabled adults who were formerly homeless.
Watch the event video and see how permanent supportive housing changes our tenants’ lives.
Statement on Compassion Seattle Charter Amendment
Housing and service providers who worked with Compassion Seattle to revise their Charter Amendment clarify their stance on the updated filing.
Seattle homeless shelters are getting COVID vaccines, but fewer takers than hoped
On April 1-2, DESC held vaccination clinics at our two largest shelters, Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center and the Red Lion Hotel in Renton. The Seattle Times visited Exhibition Hall during the second clinic. Here’s the story.
Making ‘formerly homeless’ the new reality
PRESS RELEASE – DESC opens Hobson Place, 177 new homes + embedded Harborview Clinic
SEATTLE – On Oct. 7, Downtown Emergency Service Center opened Phase 1 of Hobson Place, a new supportive housing project in Seattle. When fully complete, Hobson Place, will host a total of 177 new homes and a clinic that will serve on-site tenants and 10,000 other community members each year. With the Clinic at Hobson Place, DESC and Harborview Medical Center will establish the first local full-scale clinic specifically designed to meet the complex needs of people living with disabilities who have experienced the longest periods of homelessness. Hobson Place, named after former DESC executive director, the late Bill Hobson, will provide the supportive housing units and specialized clinic together to create the resources most critically needed by people who have experienced long periods on the streets.
According Daniel Malone, DESC’s Executive Director, “residents of Hobson Place will throw off the daily stress of wondering how they’re going to survive on the streets and begin to open a new chapter in their lives and be able to rejoin the life of the community.”
Prior to each move-in, volunteers fill the apartments with household goods including bedding, kitchen, bathroom and cleaning supplies. The building will be staffed 24/7 to provide people with support and care. You can see the virtual opening event celebration here.
During the celebration, King County Executive Dow Constantine noted that “for over 40 years DESC has brought innovation and leadership to the design and delivery of housing and services specifically for the most vulnerable members of our society. Housing First. It was the right idea then, it’s the right idea now.”
The colorful accent panels were inspired by a family-owned cut glass business that operated on the site for more than 100 years, Kusak Cut Glass Works. The history of the site is also honored in the artwork commissioned from Coast Salish artists by Eighth Generation. Artist Gail White Eagle was inspired by nature after a spring snow: “I brushed aside the snow to see if the plants still survived, and the plants did. They were still there they were still growing and flourishing. You could still feel the energy, the resilience of the plants and the trees still came through even after it snowed, and that’s what I wove about for the Hobson Place.”
Funding for the project comes from the City of Seattle Office of Housing, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Washington State Department of Commerce, National Equity Fund, Federal Home Loan Bank, National Equity Fund, JP Morgan Chase, Corporation for Supportive Housing, and private philanthropy.
Address: 1911 22nd Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
Total Square Footage: 145,732
Number of Units: 177 small efficiency units & Integrated Health Clinic
Architect of Record: Runberg Architecture Group
Healthcare Architect: TGB Architects
Development Consultant: Lotus Development
Contractor: Walsh Construction
Landscape Architecture: Nakano Associates
Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Interior Design: Mercedes Fernandez Interior Design
Acoustic Consultant: A3 Acoustic
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer: Rushing Company
Energy Consultant: O’Brien 360
Envelope Consultant: JRS Engineering
Passive House Consultant: JGA Consultants
CPHC and Energy Modeler: RDH
At The Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), we believe everyone deserves the space to exist and a place to call home. We provide integrated services including housing, emergency shelter, crisis intervention and healthcare to thousands of homeless and formerly homeless people every day. We fight for public resources and policies that serve our most vulnerable and marginalized neighbors. DESC is a national pioneer, innovator, and leader in the Housing First movement, which is now the dominant service approach promoted in national policy.