Every night, over 14,500 women experience homelessness in Los Angeles County, most without shelter or a safe place to sleep. Over the past three years, female homelessness has increased by 55 percent, which is five and a half times higher than the rate of men. One of the more shocking statistics is that over 90 percent of those women have experienced physical or sexual assault.
Due to this rapid increase of women experiencing homelessness, The Midnight Mission opened a Women’s Crisis & Bridge Housing Center. Our center provides women with a safe place to sleep, three meals per day and access to on-site services like counseling, job training and instructor-led classes. They are also connected with a housing navigator in order to quickly end their episode of homelessness.
Every day thousands of people walk through our doors in need of basic human necessities. The Midnight distributes items we take for granted such as hygiene kits, which include soap, toothpaste and a tooth brush. Families that need groceries may also receive a box full of nonperishable food and diapers are available for those who have young children.
Bathrooms on Skid Row are scarce. The Midnight Mission is one of only three facilities that allow 24-hour access to restrooms and showers. Emergency clothing is also readily available, which gives people a renewed sense of self-worth and belonging within their community, along with connections to mental and physical health care services and housing resources.
On any given night 1 out of every 217 people in L.A. County is homeless. This is the day you help those who are most in need.