black and white photos by David Entrikin
DESC opened its doors in 1979 as an emergency shelter, a place for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for the night.
Today our mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community's most vulnerable people, through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.
This year marks the 10 year anniversary of King County's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. KUOW 94.9 FM is airing a series of stories about the plan's anniversary. Several of the stories featured DESC, including one that talks about 1811 Eastlake, with DESC's Executive Director, Bill Hobson. Read it here
On December 10, 2014, DESC's clinical programs, SAGE and CD in Belltown and PACT teams moved from their offices in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood to a new office on Wall Street between Second and Third Avenue. The new address is: 222 Wall Street, Suite 100, Seattle WA 98121. Contact phone and facsimile numbers will remain the same.
DESC launches the HOME program (Housing Opportunities and Meaningful Engagement) in October 2014 through a three-year grant award from SAMHSA's 2014 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing. more
Housing First as healthcare The Spring/Summer 2014 edition of Northwest Public Health features an article by DESC Deputy Director Daniel Malone describing how supportive housing interventions like DESC’s Housing First approach benefit not only the people served but the overall health system as well. Read it here
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projects under development
Interbay Supportive Housing DESC is building a future affordable housing in the Interbay neighborhood, located at 2202-2218 15th Avenue West. Construction began September 2014. more
Housing First reduces use of emergency medical services more
Pharmaceutical interventions at DESC help with substance use outcomes. more
DESC is proud to have consulted on Portland's Bud Clark Commons. A new study finds positive impact of housing on health care use, costs and outcomes. more
consultation and technical assistance
While DESC's priority is to provide services for vulnerable people in our community, we also make ourselves available for consultation to share our accumulated wisdom and strategies to address the most difficult to serve chronically homeless populations. more
DESC Newsletter is available now. Read about the personal stories of our staff, clients and learn about upcoming projects. more
Looking for someone with drive!
We are looking for someone who will assist with various in-kind drives that benefit our clients. Assist in developing signage, communicating with donors, cheerleading, and follow up. Examples? Our Holiday Gift Drive, Hygiene Drive, Sock Drive, Coat Drive and more!For more information email our Volunteer Officer.
Gimme Shelter 2015 was a hit. A sold out crowd helped us break records. more