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Domestic violence shelter to come to Chicago Lawn

A new domestic violence shelter will soon be a new addition to the Chicago Lawn community, in part due to the City of Chicago, Women in Need Growing Stronger (WINGS), Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) and Greater Southwest Development Corporation (GSDC).

GSDC is thrilled that the city has decided to build a new domestic violence shelter on the southwest side of Chicago, and will team up with WINGS and MFS to help bring this project to fruition.

The 40-bed shelter will increase the capacity of the city’s domestic violence shelters by 36 percent and at least 10 permanent housing units will be built to provide affordable housing for when victims are ready to leave the shelter.

According to the Chicago Tribune, t
he city will use a $1.8 million court settlement from a strip club to help fund the shelter Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday. In addition to the money, the city is also donating vacant land valued at $500,000.

Read more about it here.

Posted in Housing, Safety, Community Events, Health


9:53 PM
Jun 4, 2013
Caitlin Gath says:

PS Sherrin--

Do you live in the Chicago Lawn community? We're looking for community members to help contribute stories to the portal and would love to know if you're interested. You can email me at if you have any questions!

9:43 PM
Jun 4, 2013
Caitlin Gath says:

Sherrin, the new shelter will be located across the street from the 8th District Police Station at 63rd and St. Louis in the vacant lots.

3:30 PM
Jun 1, 2013
Sherrin Dunns says:

Where will the new shelter be located?

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