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Telling our story together.

Celebrating 2016 and Advocacy in the Year Ahead


2016 was a year full of exciting steps forward - and all of the progress we made last year is thanks to YOU! Your support and advocacy made it possible for us to accomplish so much together.

Here's a snapshot of our year in advocating to end homelessness for women and a sneak peek at what's ahead in 2017:

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Rose Arzola Dies at 89


Above: Rose Arzola (left) with our founder Jill Halverson

It's with a heavy heart that we announce that Rose Arzola, the inspiration for the founding of the Downtown Women’s Center, died on Monday, December 5, 2016, following health complications related to age. She was 89.

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


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


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!

IMG_6230-edit.jpgAbove: 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. 

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Tribute to Mollie Lowery

Mollie Lowery

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


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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