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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!

(Credit: Erica Kawamoto Hsu Photography)

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

This Veterans Day, help support the DWC Veterans Program and make a donation in honor of a veteran in your life!

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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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Our Response to L.A.'s State of Emergency on Homelessness

Mayor Garcetti

Image source: LA Mayor Garcetti's Office Twitter

On Tuesday, September 22, seven Los Angeles City Council members and Mayor Eric Garcetti held a press conference to announce that they are declaring a "state of emergency" on homelessness in Los Angeles and committing $100 million to housing, supportive services, and homelessness prevention (read the full story in the LA Times).

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DWC Welcomes Congresswoman Maxine Waters and HUD Secretary Castro

HUD Secretary and Congresswomen

Above: (From left to right) DWC Director of Communications Ann-Sophie Morrissette, DWC Chief Programs Officer Amy Turk, Representative Janice Hahn, Secretary Julian Castro, Representative Maxine Waters, Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, DWC Chief Development Officer Brooke Lykins, and DWC Resident Vikki V.

On August 31, the Downtown Women's Center welcomed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, along with Representatives Maxine Waters, Lucille Roybal-Allard, and Janice Hahn.

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Our Family Kitchen

The DWC Kitchen Family

Within the first six months of 2015, the DWC Kitchen Team has produced over 55,000 meals – serving approximately 100 women breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack.

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10 Years of Service: Thank You, Molly Moen!

Molly Moen, COOAfter 10 years of working with us, our much-loved Chief Operating Officer Molly Moen is leaving the Downtown Women's Center. We gathered messages from a few of her many friends in our community to honor her incredible contributions over the years, and chatted with her about her time at the Center.

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A Change of Heart: A Volunteer's Story

At the Downtown Women's Center, we have over 5,000 volunteers who help end homelessness with us every year, and we know that each volunteer has a unique story making them part of our community. The following post was written by long-time DWC volunteer Iris Lee, who agreed to share what being part of the DWC family means to her.

Three years ago, I was looking for a place to donate some clothes after a spring-cleaning and a quick search on the web led me to the Downtown Women’s Center. I grabbed my bags and headed over in my car.

I had spent plenty of time in Downtown Los Angeles and was looking to move into the area, but I had so far avoided Skid Row, having heard negative rumors about the area. But once I stepped into the lobby of the Downtown Women’s Center, it was as if the air around me had changed. The Day Center was bright, spacious, and clean.

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Above: Walking into the Day Center, you might see anything from a meal being prepared in DWC's open kitchen, to a front desk manager assisting women with bus tokens, case management sign-ups, and more!

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