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Los Angeles County Women’s Needs Assessment: Survey Findings and Opportunities for Impact

In 2020, both the City and County of Los Angeles identified “unaccompanied” women experiencing homelessness as a unique group among people experiencing homelessness, and the county commissioned a county-wide women’s needs assessment. In fall 2022, nearly 600 women experiencing homelessness completed surveys intended to capture information about their experiences, barriers to housing and shelter, and what they are looking for in housing and the homelessness response system. 

Please join Urban Institute experts and national and local leaders on women experiencing homelessness for a conversation about the findings from the Los Angeles County women’s needs assessment, as well as programmatic and policy implications.



  • Maxine Waters, US House of Representatives, 43rd District of California


  • Samantha Batko, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Lynden Bond, Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Mary Cunningham, Vice President for Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy, Urban Institute
  • Adrienne U. Epstein, Policy Advisor, Office of Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA)
  • Tiffany Duvernay-Smith, Advisory Group Coordinator, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; Member, Women’s Needs Assessment Steering Committee 
  • Amy Turk, CEO, Downtown Women’s Center 


Support for this event is provided by Downtown Women’s Center. For more on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

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Date & Time Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Urban Institute Speakers
  • Senior Fellow
  • Senior Vice President, Research Management and Program Development