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  • Downtown Women’s Center Receives Generous $45,000 Economic Mobility Grant from Bank of America

    Posted by Downtown Women's Center · June 27, 2017 05:22 PM
    Downtown Women’s Center Receives Generous $45,000 Economic Mobility Grant from Bank of America

    Above: DWC Residents Teressa (left) and Francine share a joke in the DWC Residence’s community kitchen.

     

    We’re thrilled to announce that we have received a $45,000 economic mobility grant from Bank of America to support our Permanent Supportive Housing program. This funding will contribute to DWC’s mission to end the cycle of women’s homelessness and poverty in Los Angeles.

    “With this support from Bank of America, DWC will be able to continue providing 119 units of Permanent Supportive Housing for women experiencing homelessness, a subpopulation with unique service needs,” said Araceli Patino, Director of Permanent Supportive Housing at DWC. “A grant of this size will help us ensure every woman we house has access to the individualized support she needs in order to thrive.”

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  • 2017 Homeless Count Shows 23% Increase in Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in LA County

    Posted by Downtown Women's Center · May 31, 2017 05:29 PM

    2017 Homeless Count Shows 23% Increase in Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in LA County

    In its 2017 Homeless Count report released today, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) reported that since 2016, homelessness in LA County has risen by 23%. On any given night, there are 58,000 individuals and families experiencing homelessness, sleeping in their cars, in shelters, and on the streets of our cities.

    Increases affected nearly every demographic group, with some notable standouts. Homelessness among Hispanic or Latino individuals increased by 63%, a rate higher than that of any other ethnic group. Individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, periods of homelessness longer than one year or four or more times in a three-year period, increased by 20%. Veteran homelessness, which fell 30% in 2015, increased by a staggering 57% in 2016.

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  • Volunteer Individual Highlight: Kathryn Rotondi and Alyssa Brown

    Posted by Downtown Women's Center · April 26, 2017 05:42 PM
    Volunteer Individual Highlight: Kathryn Rotondi and Alyssa Brown

    Kathryn Rotondi (left), DWC Donations Associate Andy Motz, and Alyssa Brown

    April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and DWC is thrilled to honor the incredible individuals and groups who make our community stronger.

    This year, we’re excited to highlight two individual volunteers who donate their time and artistic skills to working with women in DWC’s creative workshops: Alyssa Brown and Kathryn Rotondi!

    Alyssa began volunteering in MADE by DWC’s candle-making workshop nearly three years ago, when she met Kathryn. Realizing they had a lot in common, the two quickly became close friends, and they began volunteering together regularly. They were drawn to candle-making because they saw it as an opportunity for women to de-stress while developing a skill they’re passionate about.

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  • How DWC Is Improving Health Outcomes for Women in Skid Row

    Posted by Downtown Women's Center · April 21, 2017 05:47 PM

    How DWC Is Improving Health Outcomes for Women in Skid Row

    Health is a top concern for many women on Skid Row. Homelessness takes a substantial toll on physical as well as mental wellbeing, and research shows that women who are experiencing homelessness, particularly those who’ve been homeless a year or longer, face disproportionate risks for health complications. These conditions only exacerbate as women age, and research shows there continues to be a demographic shift toward older women on Skid Row. A lack of adequate housing and health support increases the likelihood that women in their 50s and 60s will live with health conditions not typically seen in the housed population until their 70s or 80s. What’s more, for many women, health complications are likely compounded by experiences of trauma, such as physical or sexual violence.

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  • MADE by DWC Films a Commercial with CNN!

    Posted by Downtown Women's Center · April 12, 2017 06:01 PM

    MADE by DWC Films a Commercial with CNN!

    Last week, MADE by DWC (MADE), the Downtown Women’s Center’s (DWC) social enterprise program, teamed up with The Little Market to participate in a commercial shoot for the CNN Airport Network!

    The commercial will focus on retail trends in fair trade shopping and highlight several fair trade products across Los Angeles. Penney, Monique, and Dana, all MADE program participants, will be among the featured artists, hard at work on MADE’s hand-poured soaps.

    The feature will showcase the soap MADE produces for The Little Market, one of MADE’s primary wholesale partners since 2014. The retailer sells the all-natural soaps in a variety of scents, and has been working with MADE staff to develop a new scent, to be released later this year.

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