The mission of the
Downtown Women’s Center 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.
Our services include meals, personalized case management, an on-site medical clinic, health workshops and screenings, computer literacy, government benefits advocacy, support groups, job counseling, and self-expression classes.
The majority of the women who drop in to the DWC Day Center live on the streets, in encampments, or in night-to-night shelters. The Day Center provides a respite from the rigors of street life in a nurturing and safe community environment. On average, 200 women a day drop in to the Day Center where three meals — breakfast, lunch and a hearty afternoon snack — are served seven days a week. Women come to use clean, private bathrooms and showers. They rest in day beds, use laundry facilities, make phone calls, secure a mailing address, or get a fresh change of clothes.
• 200 women visit the drop-in Day Center each day
• More than 103,000 meals were prepared in 2013
• Popular services include: Meals, Showers, Computers, Telephones and Mail, and Counseling
• DWC provides 119 units of permanent supportive housing
• The average length of stay is 7 years
• 95% of the women we house stay housed permanently— a high success rate for ending homelessness
• Nearly 4000 women were served in 2013
• Target population: The women who come to DWC are homeless,
formerly homeless, or experiencing extreme poverty; they cope
with mental and chronic illnesses, physical disabilities; chronic
abuse and domestic violence, as well as ageing related-issues
• Places where they have slept in the past year: 62% Shelter,
55% Street, 50% Motel, 38% Friends/Family, 30% Encampment
• Demographics: 53% African-American, 22% White/Caucasian,
12% Hispanic/Latina, 13% declined to state or other
• Average Age: 48
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