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New domestic violence shelter in Chicago Lawn neighborhood

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled plans Wednesday for a new domestic violence shelter in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

It’s the first expansion of a domestic violence shelter in Chicago in more than a decade.

Mayor Emanuel became emotional when he praised survivors for overcoming tough situations and helping others in need.

The suite-based facility will accommodate 100 families, increasing the number of available beds in Chicago by 36%.

The cost of the project is $4.2 million.  Construction is expected to begin in the Fall, and the facility will open in June of 2014.

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