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Seattle, Washington Permit No. 1830

A Publication of the Downtown Emergency Service Center

Research shows 1811 Eastlake saves money, improves lives

Help stop duplicate mailings. If you receive more than one copy of CornerStone, please send an e-mail to or call 206.515.1518. Thank you. continued from page 1 (From the Executive Director) in people’s lives. However, we also know there is more we can and should do to assist the many disabled and disenfranchised people we serve reach their highest level of achievement. At DESC, we strongly believe in our clients’ ability to be more autonomous and to participate more fully in the life of the community. To this end, I am happy to announce that DESC is about to launch an Employment Services Program. After years of trying to find funding for a pilot project, we recently received a seed grant from the King County mental health division to get this program off the ground. The DESC employment program will be different from other recovery and employment models. First, because it will



benefit from DESC’s established model of highly integrated housing, mental healthcare and treatment. But most importantly, because it will focus on people with the greatest needs, people whose disabilities and impairments have, until now, prevented them from accessing and succeeding in employment services. We believe there is great potential here for new knowledge to be gained about chronically homeless people, how to best work with them, and what they are capable of achieving. The results of our new employment program may very well be of national significance. While this program is starting small, I look forward to updating you as it proceeds. Thanks again for joining us in our commitment to assist people in truly reaching their highest potential. •

DESC depends on individual donors and volunteers to keep all our programs running smoothly. Clothing donations such as socks, tennis shoes and pants keep our clients dry and warm. Hygiene supplies, hand lotion and chapstick provide both health and comfort. Coffee, tea, creamer and sugar - these simple things are luxuries in the shelter. Or, set aside two hours a week to come help out! For more information, see “How to Help” at


Research conducted by the University of Washington demonstrates 1811 Eastlake is saving the community money and dramatically improving the lives of the people who live there. “This early data on 1811 Eastlake is very positive,” says DESC executive director Bill Hobson. “We are happy to say that everything is trending in the right direction.” After just one year of Terry has lived at operation, DESC’s nationally 1811 Eastlake for recognized Housing First two years project reduced crisis systems costs by $2.5 million, and showed significant decreases in residents’ use of the following:

ISSUE # 17 /SPRING 2008

IN THIS ISSUE > Research shows 1811 Eastlake saves money, improves lives > From the Executive Director > Thank you to our contributors > Out of the hospitals: DESC’s PACT Team helps those with mental illness rejoin the world > DESC in the neighborhood > A community comes together > These are all our brothers: One family’s experience > 1811 Eastlake honored by Fannie Mae Foundation

From the Executive Director

Just as meaningful, the number of days residents drank to intoxication decreased by almost half, and six residents became sober, nearly twice the expected rate for this population. The Downtown Seattle Association has independently reported that six months after 1811 Eastlake opened, downtown alcohol-related incidences decreased by 48% and calls for the county Sobering Van were down 21%. “Instead of letting people fall through the cracks,” Seattle mayor Greg Nickels observed in a January 9 news conference at 1811 Eastlake, “this program helps to stabilize and rebuild lives while taking a costly strain off our social safety net.” 1811 Eastlake provides housing and wraparound supportive services for 75 formerly homeless chronic alcoholics. It is the first program of its kind in Washington

“Everything we do stands on the shoulders of the emergency shelter.” This is a well-known mantra amongst staff at DESC. In recent years, DESC has become recognized as a national leader in innovative services to end the homelessness of the people with the greatest needs. Our ability to do this so effectively is built on almost three decades of meeting people while they are homeless and creating housing and services that assist people to overcome the greatest barriers to their recovery. In this time, our mission has remained constant— To recognize the needs of homeless people with significant vulnerabilities and devise creative solutions to address those needs. To this day, these discoveries often happen on the worn and anxious floors of our shelters or through outreach encounters on the streets of Seattle. We know our model of permanent supportive housing works well to end homelessness and increase stability

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Medical expenses down 41% County jail bookings down 45% Sobering center down 87% Shelter usage down 92%


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