Supporting Housing and Healthcare For All

An Example of One of Our Housing Units

DESC works to end the homelessness of vulnerable people, particularly those living with serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and/or chronic health conditions. We choose to work with the most marginalized and most vulnerable people first, not the most cooperative.

We believe in the capacity of people to change. Even when our clients display negative behavior or experience failure at meeting their own goals over and over, we do not give up on them. Our goal is to help clients achieve their highest potential for independence, self-determination, and personal responsibility possible. Even though we may issue consequences for a client’s negative behavior and their access to services may be heavily conditioned after a serious situation, we will always find a way to make sure a client maintains a connection to services at DESC, including substance use disorder counselling, direct healthcare and housing casework, employment training and skills, and support from our staff.

Charity Name
Downtown Emergency Service Center
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DESC houses over 1,400 homeless and formerly homeless adults across our 14 permanent supportive housing buildings. Shown here is an example unit, showing that our clients get access to their own kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom space.
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