According to government figures, one in three homeless people in Los Angeles County are women — an 55% increase from 2013. In addition, the “number of women camped out in RVs, tents and lean-tos has doubled in the last three year,” reports Gale Holland.
These 14,000 homeless women face an incredible amount of violence, in shelters and on the streets, with nearly half of homeless women having reported being attacked in the previous 12 months, according to a survey released by the Downtown Women’s Action Coalition. More than a quarter of these women also reported being sexually assaulted.
The problem is that no approach to alleviating homelessness has targeted women in the same way that homeless veterans and families, for example, have been prioritized and helped.