On Thursday, May 19, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved LA City's proposed $8.76-billion fiscal budget.Read more
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.Read more
Above: Rachel and Francine prepare their talking points at Housing California's #LobbyDay 2016 event in Sacramento.
On April 12, our PR & Policy Coordinator Rachel Kassenbrock and DWC resident/community advocate Francine Andrade headed to Sacramento for Housing California's 2016 Lobby Day!Read more
In honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) affirms that trans women are an integral part of our community. As an increasing number of self-identified transgender women come through DWC’s doors seeking housing, services, and a community of support in Skid Row, we seek to advance awareness and understanding of trans women who are experiencing extreme poverty and homelessness.Read more
So far, 2016 has been a busy year for homelessness policy and affordable housing advocacy, and we’re just getting started! Here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been up to lately with our advocacy work and what we’re planning next.Read more
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.Read more
*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!
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.Read more
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.Read more