Well-known Seattle homeless shelter, closed by the pandemic, might never reopen. Here’s what will replace it.

Dodge Nearing Jr., 66, a Vietnam veteran diagnosed with schizophrenia, has been homeless for much of his adult life. Thanks to Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC), he’s been housed for more than a decade, but at times he’s stayed in the Morrison Hotel’s congregate shelter, which closed in March. DESC plans to phase out group living facilities in favor of more permanent supportive housing, like the studio apartments where Near is now living.
(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Downtown Emergency Service Center has for years influenced local and federal policy about how to help homeless people get off the street and into housing. Now, the nonprofit wants to make waves again -- this time, by shuttering the Morrison Hotel's congregate shelter permanently.

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