Survey: growing percentage of Skid Row women older

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Updated: 8/05/2014 11:25 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new study finds a growing percentage of women living on Los Angeles' Skid Row are older — with the median age increasing from 44 to 50.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that women who've been homeless for five or more years contributed to the aging of the female population in the 50-block downtown neighborhood.

The survey by the Downtown Women's Action Coalition finds women who recently lost their housing because of the death of a spouse or estrangement from family are also driving up the numbers.

The survey of 324 people finds the percentage of women on Skid Row ages 51 to 61 jumped from 23 percent in 2001 to 40 percent in 2013.

Women 62 and older increased from 4 to 11 percent in the same period.

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