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Telling our story together.

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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#createHERstory on International Women's Day!

This Women’s History Month, we need your help to raise $5,000 by March 31 to sponsor 100 enrichment workshops for the women of DWC. To date we’ve raised an incredible $1,075. Will you help us reach $2,000 by the end of the day?



March is Women’s History Month, and today on International Women’s Day (March 8) we at the Downtown Women’s Center recognize and celebrate the dynamic women who have made our city so great!

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What's Next for the City of LA's Plans to End Homelessness?

LA City Council makes history

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve its Comprehensive Homeless Strategy, a detailed set of plans outlining steps to end homelessness at a local level.

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Volunteers Needed! 2016 Needs Assessment


Above: Excerpts from the 2013 Downtown Women's Needs Assessment. Read the full report here!

We need YOU to sign up to volunteer for our upcoming 2016 Needs Assessment survey team!

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Recap from the 1-in-4 National Convening on Women's Homelessness at USC


Did you know that 1-in-4 homeless adults is an unaccompanied woman?

Together, the Downtown Women’s Center and partners across the country are changing that.

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