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This survey was designed to identify the current needs and characteristics of women living on Skid Row (Los Angeles). Its findings and recommendations serve to a) assist the downtown community in designing both housing and service programs appropriate for women's needs and b) to increase resources for new women's programs. The 'For Women Only' needs assessment survey was a one-time, interview-based survey conducted in July 2001. Sixty volunteers administered the survey to over 400 women residents, both homeless and housed, of the Skid Row/Central City East community. Primary findings fall under seven categories: 1) Demographics; 2) Homelessness and Housing; 3) Social Isolation; 4) Health Status; 5) Acts of Violence Against Women; 6) Differences in Women's Characteristics Based on Experiences of Homelessness and Living Downtown; And 7) Housing and Service Needs. Respective recommendations follow. (HRC)
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