As COVID-19 case numbers rise in our community DESC’s housing and shelter programs have also seen an increase in new infections. After a period of two months with no cases, despite lots of testing, the number of positive cases started to increase again last month. Since the beginning of July, there have been nineteen new cases among people living or staying at DESC. Twelve of these occurred at our Navigation Center shelter. This means 63% of these cases occurred in a facility that contains around 2% of our total beds. We received some good news today: the latest round of tests all came back negative.Continue reading “As COVID cases rise, we need to move beyond congregate shelters”
We are looking for people like you to make each apartment a home by supplying the bedding, kitchen, bathroom and cleaning items that will welcome home DESC’s newest residents.
Each apartment will cost $250 to adopt. Each kit includes:
Email Donations@desc.org to adopt an apartment today!
As our community grapples with creating better and more responsive emergency systems (what many refer to as “defunding the police”) we at DESC want to share what we’ve learned during decades of experience working with marginalized people and doing crisis response. Continue reading “Building better crisis response systems”
Juneteenth (Fri June 19) marks the anniversary of the end of slavery in the United States in 1865 and the date when the last enslaved people received the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, two years after it happened. Despite the lack of federal recognition, this holiday has lived on through yearly celebrations, parades, and activism.
DESC stands with our community in calling for the major changes needed to overcome the systemic racism in our society that manifests in so many ways and especially in the killing of black people by police. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are only some of the most recent examples of the outcomes of our country’s pervasive and persistent racial injustice. We share our grief and solidarity with the Black, indigenous, and other people of color whose lives are harmed continuously by racism.Continue reading “Black Lives Matter”