On November 14, 2016, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) announced that DESC, in partnership with Operation Sack Lunch, has been selected to operate Seattle’s Navigation Center site when it opens later this year. The center will provide an alternative model of indoor emergency shelter that will accomodate the unique needs facing people who are living unsheltered and in encampments. DESC will operate the 24-hour, low-barrier shelter while Operation Sack Lunch will provide food and meal support to those at the shelter. more
Learn more about what we do and who we serve through documentaries and video recordings chronicling a range of our clients' stories, illustrating how we touch the lives of those we serve. more
Starting June 2016, DESC will no longer be accepting referrals for Vulnerability Assessment interviews. All housing referrals to DESC will be centralized through King County's Coordinated Entry system as part of King County's implementation of Coordinated Entry for All (CEA). more
The nationwide opiate overdose crisis affects our clients at DESC. We are very pleased that our 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.
projects under development
Estelle Supportive Housing DESC intends to develop a future affordable housing in Southeast Seattle, located at 3501-3507 Rainier Avenue South. more
North 96th Street DESC started working on another new affordable housing development in the North Aurora Avenue neighborhood, located at 937 N 96th Street. more
Primary and behavioral healthcare collaboration between DESC and Harborview Medical Center shows the high level of unmet healthcare needs of homeless people with serious mental illness. It also shows the willingness of people to participate in care when it is made available beyond conventional medical clinic settings. more
Housing First for people with serious psychiatric problems eliminates homelessness and significantly reduces psychiatric hospitalizations. more
Chronic homelessness is a serious public health issue that places a strain on health-care and criminal justice systems. Typical housing models place requirements on chronically homeless individuals that are often experienced as insurmountable barriers to housing. This article describes the key features and evidence base of the "single-site" Housing First model in use at DESC, using our 1811 Eastlake program as a case study. 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
Thank you for celebrating with us and honoring the amazing people and partners who make our work possible. For a complete list of our award recipients and more information about the 2016 Breakfast of Champions, click here.
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2015 DESC Annual Report