Above: Our advocates receive their scrolls at the Board of Supervisors meeting.
Our first cohort of DWC Advocates has graduated from the pilot Advocates Program, launched in May 2016! As we celebrate their accomplishments, we look back at their journeys during the program and their future goals.Read more
Above: Mollie Lowery inside LAMP Village in 1994. (source: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)
At 23 I was struggling not only to find a career to which I would be suited, but also to understand what sort of person I wanted to be.
So many of the expectations that society places on young women still burdened me—being the best, or the smartest, or the kindest. And I wanted so badly to be good at the work of my chosen field—thinking strategically, and nurturing social change, and applying best practice.Read more
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.Read more
On Thursday, May 19, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved LA City's proposed $8.76-billion fiscal budget.Read more
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.Read more
After 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.Read more
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!Read more
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!Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more