Around the holidays, focus turns toward the homeless, a shame, since homelessness is a year around issue. In Los Angeles, more than 30 percent of all the homeless are women. This is a story I wrote about a woman named Karen Clark (Daily News, Dec. 2009) who lived on a bus bench in Woodland Hills for almost a year until a local resident persistently worked to get her some help. She now lives at a local convalescent home. The Downtown Women’s Center works hard to reach out, protect, uplift, and educate homeless women, especially since Skid Row is such a man’s world. In this story I wrote for the Los Angeles Angeles Times (1998), I found a resident who lived there who would walk out each day to reach out to the women of Skid Row. And in this story, (Daily News, 2006), I write about twin sisters from Northridge who visit the Downtown Women’s Center once a week, to give manicures and pedicures to those who live at the center.