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Telling our story together.

DWC Advocate Amiyoko Shares Her Story at Historic Signing


Above: DWC advocate, Amiyoko, speaks about her experience of homelessness at Mayor Garcetti's budget signing. (Source: Los Angeles Mayor's Office)

On Thursday June 2, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the new budget for the fiscal year, allocating $138 million to housing and support services.

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Homeless Budget Recognizes Needs of Women


On Thursday, May 19, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved LA City's proposed $8.76-billion fiscal budget. 

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2016 Homeless Count Shows 55% Increase in Women Experiencing Homelessness Over Three Years

We Know What Works. Now, We Need to Take Action.

In its 2016 Homeless Count report released today, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) reported that since 2013, there has been a 55 percent increase in the number of women experiencing homelessness in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, the geographic area within LA County served by LAHSA. Moreover, the report shows that women comprise 61 percent of the overall homeless population increase since 2013.

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Thank You to Women’s Rights Champion; Announcing The Gail Lannoy Workforce Development Fund

Gail LannoyAfter nearly two decades of service on the Downtown Women’s Center’s (DWC) Board of Directors, Gail Lannoy will be retiring from her Board seat. 

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DWC Goes to #LobbyDay in Sacramento

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Above: Rachel and Francine prepare their talking points at Housing California's #LobbyDay 2016 event in Sacramento.

On April 12, our PR & Policy Coordinator Rachel Kassenbrock and DWC resident/community advocate Francine Andrade headed to Sacramento for Housing California's 2016 Lobby Day!

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Volunteer Group Highlight: USC Helenes

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April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and we are so grateful for each and every one of the individuals and groups who make our community stronger.

This week, we’re thrilled to highlight one of the many dedicated cooking clubs that donate their time and culinary skills to the Center. We stopped by one of their evening cooking clubs to chat!

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DWC Celebrates Transgender Day of Visibility

To our sisters - we see you and we are here for you.

In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) affirms that trans women are an integral part of our community. As an increasing number of self-identified transgender women come through DWC’s doors seeking housing, services, and a community of support in Skid Row, we seek to advance awareness and understanding of trans women who are experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness. 

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News From the Housing Front


So far, 2016 has been a busy year for homelessness policy and affordable housing advocacy, and we’re just getting started! Here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been up to lately with our advocacy work and what we’re planning next.

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DWC Mourns Loss of Skid Row Resident


We are saddened by the tragic shooting of Kourtney Yochum yesterday in our community of Skid Row. 

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We #createHERstory: Sarah “E is for Empower” Espinoza

This Women’s History Month, we need your help to raise $5,000 by March 31st to sponsor 100 enrichment workshops for the women of DWC. Donate $50 to fund one creative workshop and empower women to tell their stories!



As we approach the final weeks of Women’s History Month, we at the Downtown Women’s Center honor our participants and staff who are creating HERstory!

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