Content Type: Toolkits and Training Materials

DESC: Sheltering the Most Vulnerable

Background Seattle’s Downtown Emergency Service Center opened its doors in 1979 as a low-barrier shelter for people with behavioral health and substance use challenges. In 1994, DESC’s mission to provide shelter for vulnerable people expanded to include providing permanent supportive […]

Webinar: The Role of Emergency Shelter in Diversion

This webinar explores the role emergency shelter plays within the homeless response system’s coordinated strategy to safely and appropriately divert households from shelter. It explains why problem-solving conversations don’t end at Coordinated Entry. Resources: Download Slides Key Takeaways: The Role […]

Key Takeaways: The Role of Emergency Shelter in Diversion

To effectively respond to homelessness, communities should be able to help residents maintain or regain housing without having to enter emergency shelter. Diversion is a strategy that helps people experiencing a housing crisis quickly identify and access safe alternatives to […]

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