LA County focuses on homeless women and families on Skid Row – Daily News

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, June 8 to seek more money to support an effort to house more than 600 women and families living on downtown’s Skid Row.

Supervisors Hilda Solis and Holly Mitchell recommended stepping up to assist the Downtown Women’s Center with its “Every Woman Housed” plan for the area.

“Given the surge in domestic violence and the number of women forced to leave the workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect that the 2022 homeless point-in-time count will show a significant increase in unhoused women in the county,” Solis said. “The county is committed to addressing homelessness among vulnerable residents like women and children and leveraging resources to secure safe housing options that will keep them off the streets.”

The motion cited a 2019 assessment by the Downtown Women’s Center that found roughly 41.3% of chronically homeless women sleep most frequently on the streets.

These women are more likely to have experienced sexual violence: 42.2% have been sexually assaulted in their lifetimes and 26.7% experienced sexual assault in the last year, according to the motion.

Living on the street only increases the probability of further assaults and trauma.

The motion calls for rallying 200 landlords to provide rapid rehousing, finding more funding and housing vouchers for hundreds of homeless women, and linking them to mental health and substance abuse treatment programs.

In addition to single women, the plan is meant to address placement options for 55 unhoused families on Skid Row.

Mitchell said it’s one of multiple strategies.

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