Media Room

Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row. DWC’s mission is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women.

By the Numbers

  • 119 units of Permanent Supportive Housing
  • 200 meals served daily in our Day Center
  • 1,078 Women’s Health Clinic visits in 2016
  • 877 women participated in health education activities
  • 10,827 one-on-one case management sessions in 2016
  • 979 women accessed vocational education and job readiness services
  • 94% housing retention rate at our San Pedro and Los Angeles Street Residences
  • 98% housing retention rate in our Community-Based Housing
  • 207 women obtained permanent housing in 2016
  • 120 staff members

Leadership

DWC in the News

The Downtown Women’s Center in LA Gives Homeless & Traumatized Women a Safe Space to Heal
Dating Advice, March 21, 2017

Building a Downtown LA for Everyone
Curbed LA, March 9, 2017

As Homelessness in LA Continues to Rise, Much of South LA Also Seeing an Increase
Intersections LA, February 9, 2017

Counting America’s Hidden Homeless
Al Jazeera English, January 31, 2017

Advocates Push for Women to be a Focus of the War on Homelessness
Al Jazeera America, February 8, 2016

Mayor Garcetti Appoints Wendy Greuel to LAHSA Commission
Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Media, January 12, 2016

Los Angeles to Serve as Crucible for Reform in Ending Chronic Homelessness
The Christian Science Monitor, January 6, 2016

LA County approves $7 million to help homeless — especially women, veterans
Los Angeles Daily News, January 5, 2016

$2M More to Provide Homes With Housing for Health
Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas Media, January 5, 2016

How LA County Can Open More Doors for Homeless Women: Guest Commentary
Los Angeles Daily News, December 30, 2015

MADE by DWC Combines Crafting with Empowerment
Los Angeles Magazine, December 23, 2015

Can We Build a Better Los Angeles by 2050?
Caring Magazine, December 2015

Gift Guide 2015: For the Ladies
US Weekly, November 24, 2015

Buy These Not-Boring L.A.-Made Holiday Gifts
LA Weekly, November 23, 2015

Letter to the Editor: We Can’t Fight Homelessness Without Providing Homes
Los Angeles Times, April 28, 2015

Man with soft spot leaves $3.3 million to skid row charities
Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2015

Homeless Women on LA’s ‘Skid Row’ Find Hopeful Future
Voice of America, March 18, 2015

MADE by DWC Spotlight: Made in LA Businesses
ABC 7’s Eye on LA, March 15, 2015

Reason Why Homeless Women Have It Harder on LA’s ‘Skid Row’
ATTN:, March 5, 2015

On LA’s Skid Row, boutique gifts lift some women out of harm’s way
KPCC Off-Ramp, December 20, 2014

Ornaments deck the halls with craft, creativity and creatures
Los Angeles Times, December 13, 2014

A female Navy veteran recalls the harassment and humiliation
Los Angeles Times, November 10, 2014

The Exit Interview with Lisa Watson
Downtown News, November 4, 2014

These Often-Invisible Women Experience Sexual Assault At An Alarming Rate
Huffington Post, August 11, 2014

Epidemia de mujeres desamparadas
Noticias Univision 34, August 6, 2014

Report calls for more help for Skid Row’s growing population of elderly homeless women
KPCC, August 6, 2014

A growing percentage of women on skid row are older, survey finds
Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Living on skid row isn’t a choice
Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2014

DWC offers refuge from the streets
Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2013

Small Business Saturday benefits MADE by DWC
ABC 7 Eyewitness News, November 30, 2013

Gift Pick No. 15: Made by DWC all-natural soaps
Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2013

DWC named California non-profit of they year
KPCC blogdowntown, May 21, 2013

Removing the Barriers to Health Care Reform for Homeless Women
Huffington Post, May 15, 2013

Women’s Center’s Old Home Is New Again 
Downtown News, December 21, 2012

Downtown Women’s Center serves as ‘safe haven’ for thousands of Skid Row homeless
KPCC, December 10, 2012

A holiday glow at Made by DWC
Los Angeles Times, November 30, 2012

Downtown Women’s Center debuts renovated housing complex, new vintage boutique
KPCC blogdowntown, November 29, 2012

Rehab For Skid Row Women
Curbed LA, November 29, 2012

A Permanent Home Just in Time for the Holidays
The Huffington Post, November 27, 2012

Mujeres agradecen tener donde vivir
La Opinión, November 22, 2012

Women of Skid Row Open Made by DWC Resale Boutique
Racked LA, November 13, 2012

Downtown Women’s Center adds mammograms to its services
Los Angeles Times, September 23, 2012

Press Contacts

Ana Velouise
Director of Communications
AnaV@DowntownWomensCenter.org
(213) 213-2816

Rachel Kassenbrock
Media Manager
RachelK@DowntownWomensCenter.org
(213) 213-2809