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Stories from the Frontline Gives Homeless Women Center Stage This Thursday at The Ebell of Los Angeles

Thursday, April 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m at The Ebell of Los Angeles. The evening is part of a series to spotlight what it really means to be homeless in Los Angeles, and, by staying informed, engage the community to support tangible solutions

This Thursday evening, Stories from the Frontline, a housing advocacy initiative, will present “Stories from the Frontline: Ending Homelessness for Women Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence.” The event will feature first-person accounts from women who have overcome homelessness. In addition, the event will feature a showcase of programs that are working to uplift more women and volunteer opportunities for people who want to be part of the solution.

Stories From the Front Line provided this video clip as an example of the incredible stories they will share Thursday evening. This video clip features features Susan, a formerly homeless woman and survivor of domestic abuse.

“There is no script for why bad things happen in a person’s life; but there is a direct correlation between domestic violence abuse and homelessness,” says Marilyn Wells, Stories from the Frontline co-founder. “Women can and do recover with the right support, employment opportunities and safe, supportive housing. Success stories reinforce the important role we all can play in solving homelessness in our communities and neighborhoods.”

Women’s homelessness in Los Angeles is increasing at a rate outpacing men’s. Women of color, particularly Black women, are disproportionately affected by homelessness. According to the Downtown Women’s Center, Black women make up nine percent of LA County’s population, yet they accounted for nearly one third of all homeless women. Domestic violence remains one of the main drivers of homelessness. It’s estimated that more than one third of domestic violence survivors experience homelessness at some point in their lives.

“The goal of the evening is to deepen our community’s understanding about the real struggles domestic violence victims face when they find themselves homeless and fighting to survive,” says Allison Schallert, Stories from the Frontline co-founder. “Through the power of authentic storytelling, we want to help correct preconceived notions about what it means to be homeless and inspire action.”

The evening’s program will include:

● Insights from acclaimed screenwriter Molly Smith Metzler who will share her own jarring experience while researching Netflix’s critically praised series Maid;
● Personal testimonials from Los Angeles women who escaped domestic violence, struggled with homelessness, and eventually found help to get off the streets and go on to lead healthy, productive lives;
● Engagement with local government officials and frontline leaders working to end homelessness, along with action-driven technologies and opportunities to be part of the solution.
● Performance by British sensation Julia Fordham.
● Emcee Tiffany Duvernay-Smith.

The event will be held at the Ebell of Los Angeles on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. It is part of a four-part interactive series to spotlight what it really means to be homeless in Los Angeles, and, by staying informed, engage the community to support tangible solutions.

General admission tickets are $15 and $10 for Ebell members. To purchase tickets click here.

Stories from the Frontline a housing advocacy initiative of the John and Marilyn Wells Family Foundation. It is a storytelling platform to amplify real life experiences from formerly homeless people, especially for women who have escaped domestic violence environments. Through awareness and coalition building, the organization promotes innovative housing solutions and galvanizes local residents to become involved and be part of the solution.


Sponsors: Wells Family Foundation, Core Group, CSH Speak Up!, ImagineLA, H.O.D.G., The
Goodman Group, Change for Balance, and City National Bank.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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