Consultation and Technical Assistance

The Consultation and Technical Assistance program at DESC represents 35 years of accumulated wisdom and strategies developed to address the most vulnerable and most difficult to serve chronically homeless populations.

As a tenet of the DESC mission to end homelessness, staff embrace the belief that information sharing among peer agencies will result in improved services, greater housing success, and a more rapid end to homelessness nationwide. A curriculum based on specific Housing First principles and evidence based approaches to ending homelessness have been designed to help others communities achieve the comparable levels of success which characterize DESC programs.

Among the training and consultation services offered by DESC are:

  • One-on-one on-site consultation services
  • Intensive residential institutes
  • On-line learning opportunities
  • Staff shadowing and peer learning
  • Vulnerability Assessment Tool training
  • Speaking Invitation and Workshop Presentation

Rates are based on a sliding fee scale. For more information, contact

DESC Materials

Opiate Overdose Response and Naloxone Administration

The nationwide opiate overdose crisis affects our clients at DESC. We are very pleased that state legislature sought to address the crisis by making naloxone more widely available in Washington State. DESC developed the Opiate Overdose Response and Naloxone Administration procedure in June 2015, with the invaluable assistance of the Center for Opioid Safety Education, a project of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington.

Following the enormous success of both the 2012 and 2014 Housing First Partners Conference, DESC and Pathways National presented the 2016 Housing First Partners Conference, “Taking Housing First to Scale,” on March 22-25, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA. The 2016 conference was another huge success with over 800 attendees and 160 presentations focused on the many facets of Housing First and what it means to take Housing First to scale across all elements of our homelessness services and housing systems.

If you would like to be informed about the 2018 conference, please email