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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?

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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

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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

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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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Meet our CEO Anne Miskey

Anne Miskey, CEOIn January 2016, Downtown Women's Center was thrilled to welcome Chief Executive Officer Anne Miskey, who joins us following a five-year tenure as Executive Director of Funders Together to End Homelessness. An outspoken leader on the role of philanthropy in ending major social issues, she has spoken on several occasions at the White House on youth and veteran’s homelessness. In addition to working with the First Lady’s Joining Forces Campaign, she has worked with the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Labor to champion support for vulnerable families and individuals.

We spoke with Anne about her first month at DWC, bringing her nationally renowned expertise to Los Angeles, and her passion for calling out the needs of women.

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LA's Plans to End Homelessness: Where are the Women?

*A NOTE FROM DWC: After this piece was published, we were thrilled to see the City of Los Angeles issue a revised strategy specifically including women and addressing their unique needs. The City's revised plans note the increased rate of domestic violence seen among homeless women, as well as the need for supportive housing and Trauma-Informed Care. The plans also call for more research on homeless women and survivors of domestic violence, due to the scarcity of information currently available. These changes would not have happened without your support, the continued advocacy of other service providers and community organizations, and the work of those in our city government including Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember José Huizar, and their teams. We realize that while this is a great first step for our city, we still have a long way to go; in order to keep moving forward, we need every voice to speak up on behalf of women. Thank you for your continued support as we work toward ending homelessness for good. Find out how you can take action now below!


Homelessness ends here.

2016 is shaping up to be a significant turning point in homelessness policy in Los Angeles. This month, the City and County each released detailed recommended strategies to work toward ending homelessness. 

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Community Highlights from 2015

We love our volunteers!

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It’s been a great year for DWC, thanks to our incredible community of supporters. We could write a paragraph about each and every one of you who contributed your time, energy, and expertise this year, but here are just a handful of the many people who went above and beyond in 2015.

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Mayor Garcetti visits for Thanksgiving 2015

The holidays are always a special time at the Downtown Women’s Center. Our community comes together to celebrate participants, volunteers, and supporters, and share gratitude for the challenges our women have overcome and the many successes they have achieved.

This year was no different, with nearly 200 women joining together in our warm and welcoming Day Center for a Thanksgiving celebration.  

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2nd Annual 1-in-4 National Convening

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Did you know that 1-in-4 homeless adults is an unaccompanied woman? Together, we can change that.

On Thursday, January 21 - Friday, January 22, 2016, the Downtown Women's Center and the American Round Table to Abolish Homelessness will host the 2nd Annual 1-in-4 National Convening on Women's Homelessness at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

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The Long Road to Recovery: Meet Yvonne

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Yvonne

When 51-year-old Yvonne sits down with her Downtown Women’s Center case manager Johanna Lopez, she’s all smiles.

“I just found out I’m getting an apartment,” Yvonne announces happily. “It’s amazing! So close to the holidays.”

There was a time not long ago when Yvonne wouldn't have had a home for the holidays.

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