New Home for Domestic Violence Victims

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined WINGS CEO Rebecca Darr, Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Commissioner Lisa Morrison Butler and members of the community to open the WINGS Metro for families touched by domestic violence. The two-story, 18,000 square-foot building accommodates 40 beds and increases citywide capacity to serve families by 35 percent, and builds on previous initiatives by the city to expand care for families and women affected by domestic violence. The new shelter and transitional housing has been constructed under a partnership that includes WINGS, Metropolitan Family Services, and the Greater Southwest Development Corporation. This collaboration will provide comprehensive services to domestic violence victims and their children, and is expected to serve more than 100 families in its first full year of operation. The WINGS Metro site converted a former Police District facility and a new annex building, and will effectively increase the number of beds available citywide for domestic violence victims and their families to more than 150 total. In addition to providing family suites, the new two-story, 40 bed WINGS Metro safe house and long-term stay apartment complex will feature retail shops to generate income to support programs for families who stay there. To report domestic abuse, Chicagoans should call 9-1-1. For more information and support, anyone can call the domestic violence hotline at 877.863.6338.

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