DV-HS Coalition

The Downtown Women’s Center, along with co-lead Rainbow Services, with the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, is building and leading a cross-sector coalition (DV-HS Coalition) to create a client-centered system that increases access to safe housing and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Leading partners in the coalition include the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the City Attorney’s office, and County Supervisor Kuehl’s office.

Our goals with this coalition are to:

  1. Decrease the number of women entering homelessness from domestic violence situations in Los Angeles
  2. Decrease the number of women entering chronic homelessness in Los Angeles as a result of past experiences of domestic violence and other forms of violence
  3. Increase the number of women moving into permanent housing in Los Angeles
  4. Create a model for replication and scale for dissemination across the country


Community Connections: Aligning Domestic Violence and Homeless Services in LA

The DV-HS Coalition held a community event on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, to share the progress and findings from our coalition work and hear from experts on best practices and innovative solutions in this area. It brought together 250 leaders from homeless service agencies, domestic violence agencies, and government agencies to address systemic issues that impede housing for survivors.

We also had the privilege of hearing from our elected officials about their commitment to this work: City Attorney Mike Feuer, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

Download presentations from the event below:

Survivor Focus Group Findings

From National to LA: Innovative Practices at the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Housing, and Homelessness

Preventing and Addressing Homelessness: A Legal Services Approach for Survivors

Unlocking the Potential of Sharing Data

From Power Over to Power With: Applying Trauma-Informed Care to Our Work

Funding Domestic Violence Housing Solutions

What Is Survivor-Driven Advocacy?

Mobile Advocacy: Moving Beyond the Shelter Model

Shelter Is a Verb: Embracing Housing First Principles in our Domestic Violence Response

Table Talk Response

Event Response


To view more event photos, visit our Facebook album.