DESC's Navigation Center, operated in partnership with the City of Seattle, started welcoming individuals last week. The low-barrier, service-enriched shelter will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve adults who previously lived outside in encampments. Guests of the Navigation Center will be welcomed as singles, pairs or groups along with their pets.
Guests will not be able to self-refer or walk in. Referrals will come from the Evergreen Treatment’s REACH program, in conjunction with the City Navigation Team, which has already begun working with residents of encampments. DESC has already received the first 20 referrals for the new program, and expects those guests to move in immediately. Other arrivals will follow until the shelter is full to its 75 person capacity.
The dormitory-style facility will have no curfew and will provide shower, bathroom, and laundry facilities, as well as comprehensive case management, behavioral health services, food, and case management services to help tenants find permanent housing and meet other basic needs. There will be nine sleeping rooms with 5-12 beds each.
DESC's Navigation Center is located in The Pearl Warren Building at 606 12th Avenue South. DESC is engaging community members in the neighborhood to respond to concerns and improve communication.
We know that, given the opportunity, people choose shelter, housing, and safer, healthier lives. We are excited to partner with the City of Seattle and OSL (Operations Sack Lunch) to provide this new resource for people working to escape homelessness.