One quarter. Twenty-five percent.
One in four homeless individuals in the United States is a woman. Yet women receive far less than their share of research, resources, or political advocacy.Read more
We are thrilled to share the Downtown Women's Center's new look!Read more
There is no place quite like Bertha’s apartment.
She keeps her home incredibly tidy and neat and is proud to show it off to her guests. Her apartment is chock-full of small projects that help her keep her home organized and beautiful.Read more
Lisa Napoli first started volunteering with DWC a few years ago when she was looking for an opportunity near her home in downtown Los Angeles.
“I went to [volunteer] training and loved the idea of gathering people to cook communally, since I love to make and share food.”Read more
Vikki was homeless for nearly five years living behind an old library in Santa Monica.
“It was the safest place I could find in this situation.”
Diagnosed with schizophrenia and distanced from her relatives, she lived in a constant state of paranoia and fear, with little to no access to medical services.Read more
There was a time in Theresa’s life when she was homeless and accepted her lot in life.
She was going back and forth from jail, until she stood before a particular judge who let her know her lifestyle was going to land her in prison.Read more
Laura describes her four years in the military as the hardest of her life, due to the constant sexual harassment that never abated.
“I would try not to sleep in the barracks. If I did need to rest, I would leave my boots on and have a knife with me.”Read more
Francine is retired, but she’s not your average retiree.
Francine spent years struggling to make ends meet. She was laid off from her cashier job at a fast food restaurant, and tried her hand at housekeeping work, and even newspaper delivery.Read more