Category: Crisis Response System

The SYSTEM Series

The SYSTEM (Strengthening Your System to Energize Momentum) Series is designed to help communities more effectively end homelessness by providing various tools that help communities: Identify areas where they can make the most meaningful improvements to their systems; Continuously execute […]

Introducing the SYSTEM Series

Every day, the team at the Alliance works to help communities build more effective systems for ending homelessness. That work rolls out in several forms: through on-the-ground trainings and technical assistance in communities; with webinars, blogs, toolkits, and conference workshops; […]

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 […]

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