38 years of compassionate service.

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. 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 supporters and advocates dedicated to ending homelessness.



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.


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