Survival Services are a vital resource

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.

Before COVID-19, DESC provided this shelter each night:∗

In order to provide adequate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we closed our downtown Seattle shelters, and relocated our guests to temporary shelter at the Red Lion Hotel in Renton and the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. We are serving the same numbers of clients.

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.