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Telling our story together.

On Ending Homelessness for Women, the 2016 Election, and Hope for the Future

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In the 1970s, our city was in the midst of a crisis. With the reality of de-institutionalization and the resulting surge of homelessness in Los Angeles came the fear that there was no way out.

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Downtown Women’s Center Receives Historic Gift of $500,000

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Above: Support from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund will allow DWC to provide case management services to more women.

We are thrilled to announce that this July, the S.L. Gimbel Foundation Advised Fund at The Community Foundation – Inland Southern California awarded DWC with a $500,000 grant to support our Day Center. This gift is the largest private foundation grant that DWC has ever received for programming support.

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Celebrate With Us As Our Advocates Graduate From The Pilot Program!


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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. 

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Tribute to Mollie Lowery

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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.

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DWC Advocate Amiyoko Shares Her Story at Historic Signing

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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

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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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