Category: Crisis Response System

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 […]

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 […]

Webinar: Low-Barrier Shelter: How to Become Pet Friendly

This 60-minute webinar delves into the operations and practices of shelters that are accessible to people and their animals. Alliance staff and a shelter provider discuss how to shift philosophy and operations to welcome animal owners and a more vulnerable population […]

Key Takeaways from #NAEH2018

Thanks once again to everyone who came to the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, and to the many more who followed the action on Twitter or watched speeches on Facebook Live. Here are my key takeaways: People working to end […]

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