Cottage Grove Commons Apartments for formerly homeless opens
On Tuesday (Dec. 17), hundreds of community members will gather to celebrate the opening of the region’s newest Housing First location – Cottage Grove Commons, an 66 unit apartment building providing homes for formerly homeless men and women.
DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center) will host the opening celebration from 2:30 – 4 p.m. at Cottage Grove Commons, located at 5444 Delridge Way SW (map below). Guests will enjoy a 3:00pm program featuring DESC Executive Director Bill Hobson.
Cottage Grove Commons, a supportive housing building developed and managed by DESC, provides 66 men and women who have been homeless for long periods of time and living with mental illness, substance disorders, and other disabilities an opportunity to reclaim their lives through safe, affordable housing, onsite clinical services, and even employment support. Cottage Grove Commons, like all DESC housing is a Housing First facility where residents are chosen based upon their vulnerability and need; then once the fear and uncertainty of living on the streets has been eliminated from their lives, staff work with them to address the problems that originally contributed to their homelessness.
DESC was founded in 1979 to provide emergency services to those homeless men and women who, because of their disabilities and difficulties, were not being served by the existing organizations at the time. Today DESC not only provides shelter and emergency services, but also nearly 1,000 units of supportive housing, state-licensed mental health and chemical dependency services, and employment support to over 7,000 chronically homeless adults each year. DESC was the 2012 recipient of the Nonprofit Sector National Achievement Award from National Alliance to End Homelessness for its ongoing efforts to end homelessness, particularly among those who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse; and Washington State’s 2012 Friend of Homeless Award.
For further information, contact Nicole Macri, Director of Administration Services at [email protected] or 206.464.1570.