DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – The Downtown Women’s Action Coalition has just completed a survey looking at the state of homeless women on Skid Row.
The report found that about 40% of the women stated they were homeless for more than five years, a 10% rise from a 2007 survey. About half the women were older than 50; nearly 50% said they had faced a sexual attack, domestic violence or child abuse in their lifetime. While 62% of the respondents said they had slept in an emergency or transitional shelter, more than half also reported sleeping on the streets. The report, the fourth since 2001 by the organization, aims to provide updated information for policy makers on the issues and needs of women living Downtown, and information about violence against women. The DWAC is comprised of homeless advocates and providers coordinated by the Los Angeles Community Action Network. The results came from a survey of 147 women at nine Skid Row locations last August.