Seattle’s Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) is planning an affordable housing development in Burien at 801 SW 150th Street (map below) to create stable, supportive housing for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.
DESC says it plans to acquire what is currently known as the Burien Professional Center and develop a permanent supportive housing project onsite. Construction is projected to start in early 2022.
“One of the reasons we want to create supportive housing in Burien is because we are aware of the need there already,” DESC Executive Director Daniel Malone said. “It is important to DESC that this project will serve people already experiencing homelessness in Burien.”
When complete, DESC says the new building will feature approximately 95 studio units of affordable housing with supportive services and indoor/outdoor community spaces for single adults who are disabled and formerly homeless. Twenty-five units will be used to house Veterans experiencing homelessness.
DESC will continue to own and operate the building after completion.
DESC currently has over 14 housing developments in the region, with another four – including Burien – in development.
“With over 14 other housing developments, DESC knows the value of being a good neighbor,” DESC said. “We will be a member of the Burien community for years to come. By learning more about each other and clearly communicating our interests and needs, we can build a positive relationship.”
More info on this project is here: https://www.desc.org/what-we-do/housing/burien/
In an effort to learn more about neighborhood interests and provide neighbors with more details about the project, DESC will be hosting a virtual informational meeting via Zoom about this new housing development.
“We invite you and anyone who is interested in learning more to join us”:
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
To join the meeting, click below:
Meeting ID: 976 7343 7142
Dial in: 1-253-215-8782
Click here for a copy of the community notification letter about the virtual informational meeting.
“We welcome your feedback, comments, and questions about this project. Please submit them here.”
DESC Supportive Housing is built upon the “Housing First” Philosophy – learn more about Housing First here.
“For 42 years, DESC has been the primary resource for the most vulnerable people living without housing in the region. We work to implement innovative and cost-effective strategies that end homelessness. These include permanent supportive housing, behavioral health care, crisis intervention, emergency shelter and outreach, and employment services. DESC’s Supportive Housing Program operates over 1400 units of housing in Seattle, winning multiple national awards along the way.”
Please note that any information collected during the community outreach process may be submitted to the City of Burien and made public pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act.