DESC Mary Pilgrim Inn opens

  • Looking into a motel room with two queen-size beds, desk, chairs, lamps and window.

DESC Deputy Director for Strategy Nicole Macri and King County Executive Dow Constantine talked with the press on Oct. 27 about Health Through Housing, and how DESC’s Mary Pilgrim Inn will provide safe, secure, supportive emergency housing for 100 people who are experiencing homelessness. We welcomed the first 15 residents that week.

“The Mary Pilgrim Inn is DESC’s next step in evolving from the major changes we made early in the pandemic. Those changes, made to keep people safe, also turned out to be better for our guests overall, reducing stress and allowing them to stabilize and pursue goals,” says DESC Executive Director Daniel Malone. “As Health Through Housing continues and units become fully permanent supportive housing, the 1,600 units will be the single greatest commitment to bringing PSH to the scale our community needs.”

DESC announced that the facility is named in honor of a longtime DESC shelter nurse. Known affectionately by clients and staff alike as “Nurse Mary”, she provided bandages and flu shots hand in hand with compassion and great humor.

Read more about the Mary Pilgrim Inn and Health Through Housing here.