40 Beds, 14 Interim Units, 3 Apartment Units
20 Parking Spaces
4,000 SF Retail/Commercial
Chicago Innovation Award
The multi-dimensional program for this domestic violence shelter included the adaptive re-use of a 2-story vacated masonry building and the construction of a new 14,000 sq. ft., 2-story annex. The facilityâ€™s suite-based layout is designed to maximize privacy at a critical time of transition while retaining communal space for cooking, dining, working and childrenâ€™s play areas. The ground floor of the complex is occupied by service and support functions, including meeting rooms, offices, a multi-purpose room, computer lab, and dining and state-of-the-art kitchen. Also at ground level is 4,000 sq. ft. of available space for retail and commercial uses envisioned to generate income to support programs for employment opportunities and/or job training for residents. The second floor houses the interim and permanent apartment units, including common laundry facilities and a lounge/activities center. The dining and lounge areas open to a large, secure garden courtyard and outdoor play space. The facility provides on-site access to vital and comprehensive social services, such as safety planning, legal services, support groups, and employment assistance to foster stability and self-sufficiency within the community.