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 facility’s suite-based layout is designed to maximize privacy at a critical time of transition while retaining communal space for cooking, dining, working and children’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.