The Estelle wins a 2018 VISION 2040 Award

We’re proud to announce that the Puget Sound Regional Council has awarded DESC a 2018 VISION 2040 Award for The Estelle! This award from recognizes innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

“The Estelle is a thoughtful and innovative housing project,” said Josh Brown, Executive Director of PSRC, “the Downtown Emergency Service Center has worked to get at the primary barriers chronically homeless people face when trying to get off the streets by providing health care, regular meals, and a safe place to heal.”

The Estelle provides housing for 91 formerly homeless individuals living with serious mental illness or other disabling conditions. The project was completed in February 2018 and is located in Rainier Valley, a few blocks south of the Mt. Baker light rail station. The building is six stories, with 91 studio apartments located on floors two through six. The ground floor includes offices for the on-site staff and resident common space, including a kitchen, dining/community room, courtyard, television lounge, and a small computer lab.

VISION 2040 is the region’s growth management, economic, and transportation strategy, designed to meet the needs of the 5 million people expected to be living in the region in 2040. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a healthy region – promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.

Read PSRC’s full press release here.