Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center is the only organization
in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of
women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row.
DWC is built on a friendship that grew between a homeless woman named Rosa and an outreach worker named Jill Halverson. This friendship inspired Jill to open the Center and establish a community through which the lives of women like Rosa could be restored.
DWC's mission is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women. Watch our video about the Center here.
In the 38 years since Jill’s extraordinary act of compassion, we’ve reached thousands of women and transformed countless lives. We’ve created a community of compassionate supporters, dedicated to ending homelessness.
From day one, DWC’s values have been the pillars of our work. They inspire and guide every step of our movement.