Support Women Experiencing Homelessness

By Giving List Staff   |   April 14, 2023

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively focused on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness. Each year, DWC serves over 5,700 women. DWC had a very active March, which is Women’s History Month. We partnered with many groups to celebrate women in Los Angeles who touch our lives and create a better world for women experiencing homelessness.

On International Women’s Day (March 8), DWC was delighted to host Superstars from the Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) group in advance of WrestleMania at Sofi Stadium. The group prepared hygiene kits that are distributed for daily showers at the Center. WWE Superstars also met with advocates from DWC who shared their experience of homelessness and how DWC has assisted them with employment and housing. The visit culminated in the presentation of a grant to support refurbishing the Day Center where women receive three meals a day, access to showers and counseling to help place them in housing.

On the last day of Women’s History Month, DWC co-hosted a forum on women’s homelessness with Mayor Karen Bass, inviting leaders from the City and County of Los Angeles, local community organizations, and the business sector to gather and discuss the most effective strategies and programs for supporting women experiencing housing insecurity.

Throughout the month, DWC partnered with Beyond Yoga and Car Pros to launch a fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $100,000. The campaign featured Tyana, a woman who was placed in a job and housing with DWC. Watch the video of Tyana’s story here:

Thanks to our incredible community – we met and exceeded our fundraising goal! Help us keep the momentum going beyond Women’s History Month by contributing to DWC today. Click here to donate.

Thanks to our incredible community – we met and exceeded our fundraising goal! Help us keep the momentum going beyond Women’s History Month by contributing to DWC today. Click here to donate.


Downtown Women’s Center

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Chief Executive Officer: Amy Turk


The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) envisions a Los Angeles with every woman housed and on a path to personal stability. Its mission is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, employment, and advocacy.

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As a devoted advocate for the empowerment of women, I find tremendous purpose in supporting the Downtown Women’s Center. Witnessing the unwavering strength of the women it serves, my heart swells with gratitude for the opportunity to play a role in their journey towards healing and self-renewal. The upcoming opening of Oatsie’s Place, a permanent supportive housing site named for my dear friend and ardent DWC supporter, Marylouise Oates, fills me with immense joy and hope. Oatsie’s Place will serve as a haven, where each woman can embrace her worth, unlock her potential, and discover newfound independence.
Andrea Van de Kamp
DWC Advisory Council Member

Your Support Can Help Get Every Woman Housed

The increasing rates of homelessness for women in Los Angeles County have been outpacing men since 2013. Yet, resources to provide for these women still remain limited. Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is using your generosity to change lives. 

In the next year, DWC is opening two new residential developments, one in North Hollywood and one in Van Nuys. With your help, up to 100 more women will have safety and security, receiving case management services and peer support. For $15,000, you can fund all the services to support a resident for an entire year and empower a previously unhoused woman to start a new, more empowering chapter of her life. 

Key Supporters

Elizabeth Karatz Faraut
Marylouise Oates and Robert Shrum
Scott and Diane Weingarten
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Vera R. Campbell Foundation
Joanna Perlman
Crawford Family Foundation
Eleanor and Glenn Padnick
Eileen and Bob O’Leary
Silton Family Foundation
The Ronus Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Shelli Herman and Stewart Gleischman
Sara and Sam Brenner
Wendy Lees and Tom Boyle
Kristen Stewart
The Rose Hills Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Maria Bamford
Wurwand Foundation