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About the DWC Women’s Needs Assessment

The DWC Women’s Needs Assessment is a community-based research project conducted by the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition every three years since 2001. Each report surveys the needs, characteristics, and conditions facing homeless and extremely low-income women living in Los Angeles

The seventh and most recent report, the DWC 2019 Los Angeles City Women’s Needs Assessment, expands on the legacy of the past six projects to include women from across the entire City of Los Angeles. Developed in partnership with unsheltered and sheltered women across the city, and published with the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, this is the first report of its kind to study the needs and conditions of homeless women across such a broad geographic swath of the region.

The results reflect the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women experiencing homelessness and highlight the importance of developing gender-specific and trauma- informed housing and healthcare solutions. They point to an immediate need to:

  1. Expand funding and support for survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, with 60.2% participants experiencing violence in the last year.
  2. Increase access to women-specific housing and shelter services, with 82% of women identifying housing as the most difficult resource to access and another 50% identifying lack of shelter (including lack of beds, wait lists, and time limits) as a major barrier.
  3. Designate women as a specific homeless sub-population that requires unique services, with women currently representing nearly one-third — or 32.4% — of the total homeless population in Los Angeles County.
Previous editions:

Click here to view the Domestic Violence & Homeless Services Coalition (DVHSC) Report on Survivor Solutions to Program & Systems Change.

Click here to view the City of Los Angeles Women’s Housing Gap Analysis, produced in partnership with the City of Los Angeles and the University of Southern California Sol Price School Center for Social Innovation.