Survival Services

shelter nights 2018

For over 35 years DESC has prioritized services to marginalized and chronically homeless people by operating the lowest-barrier shelters in the region. Our Survival Services are a vital resource for thousands of people experiencing homelessness who might otherwise have nowhere else to go.

In addition to providing safe, secure shelter, hot meals, and day-time safe haven from the streets, these services are a focal point for DESC’s outreach efforts and vulnerability assessments, and help people access a wide range of programs (both at DESC and elsewhere) to help them stabilize their lives and get permanent housing. Each night, DESC provides:

  • shelter for 220 people in our Main Shelter at 517 Third Avenue.
    • space for 38 more people in an auxiliary shelter at 505 Third Avenue.
  • shelter for 100 men in our Queen Anne Shelter (QAS) at 157 Roy Street.
  • shelter for 25 women in one of DESC’s supportive housing projects, Kerner-Scott House at 510 Minor Avenue North.
  • shelter for 85 people at our Navigation Center at 606 12th Avenue South.
  • shelter for 40 people at the West Wing Shelter on the corner of 5th and Jefferson Streets

As long as the lack of affordable housing means our clients are left outside unprotected, we’ll continue to work with the city and county to provide this critical service.