Desc Seattle

515 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

206-464-1570 Visit Website
General Information:
Information and Referral drop in hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm. For chronically homeless men and women, DESC is the front door to the most comprehensive array of services in the Seattle/King County region. Men and women who are mentally ill and/or chemically-dependent, elderly, medically compromised, physically or developmentally disabled are prioritized for a comprehensive program of clinical services, shelter, and supportive housing that addresses their needs in a way that can end homelessness. First contact For many homeless adults, the DESC Emergency Shelter Program is their first contact with our comprehensive service network. Each night, 279 men and women find refuge in our three shelters where they are able to escape the danger, fear, and discomfort of living on the streets, for at least a short time. In 2013 alone, this Emergency Shelter Program provided 97,000 bed-nights of shelter and 110,000 meals for nearly 6,000 clients. During the day, the main emergency shelter becomes a drop-in center where people can seek refuge from the elements and access food, showers, hygiene items, clean clothes, and mail pick-up. In this way, a tooth brush or a simple meal become tools of engagement, creating an opportunity for staff to gain a client's attention and trust. Click here for more information on our Emergency Shelter Program. Connections Connections is a daytime service and referral center that addresses the needs of homeless men and women by providing individualized support, basic skills training and referrals to local services and housing. Connections opened its doors in 2006, operating seven days a week from 7:00am-7:00pm. On April 21, 2013, Connections closed on Sundays due to funding cuts. Funding was restored in January 2014 and Connections resumed its operations 7 days a week effective January 12, 2014.   DESC provides effective and affordable solutions to homelessness for our community's most vulnerable men and women through a nationally recognized interwoven network of care, housing, and support, including:     279 emergency shelter beds at three locations     10 supportive housing sites totaling over 750 state-of-the-art apartments     Over 200 'scattered site' apartments rented from private landlords and enriched with comprehensive case management services     Placement of nearly 600 homeless adults into housing each year -- more than any other local provider     State-licensed mental health and chemical dependency treatment program     A comprehensive daytime service center which provides vocational training, veterans outreach, and hygiene facilities     A Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) for men and women transitioning from long periods of institutionalization     Street outreach and engagement services for the most severely mentally ill people in our community     Long-term case management for homeless and formerly homeless adults living with persistent and severe mental illness     Crisis respite care     On-site medical services     Chemical dependency services focused on individuals who have failed at more traditional treatment programs ETC ETC. Call for more information or view the website we provide above.  


Helpful Definitions For Desc Seattle:
Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

How To Volunteer at Desc Seattle:
Be a volunteer. Call Desc Seattle at 206-464-1570 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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