DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center) is a nonprofit organization that provides housing, healthcare, and other services to people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Seattle, Washington. DESC was founded in 1974 and has grown to become one of the largest and most comprehensive providers of services to people experiencing homelessness in the Pacific Northwest.
DESC offers a wide range of services, including:
- Permanent supportive housing
- Emergency shelter
- Street outreach
- Mental health and substance abuse treatment
- Employment services
- Education and training
- Case management
DESC is committed to providing high-quality services that meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness and poverty. DESC also works to advocate for policies that will help to end homelessness in Seattle and King County.
Here are some of the ways that DESC has made a difference in the lives of people experiencing homelessness and poverty:
- In 2021, DESC provided housing to over 1,000 people experiencing homelessness.
- DESC's street outreach team helped over 2,000 people experiencing homelessness get connected to services.
- DESC's mental health and substance abuse treatment programs helped over 1,500 people get the help they need.
- DESC's employment services helped over 500 people find jobs.
- DESC's education and training programs helped over 200 people get the skills they need to get ahead.
- DESC's case management team helped over 1,000 people navigate the complex system of services available to people experiencing homelessness.
- DESC's advocacy work has helped to pass several policies that have made it easier for people to get the help they need to get back on their feet.
DESC is a vital resource for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Seattle. DESC's services help people to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. DESC is also a leader in the fight to end homelessness in Seattle and King County.