Emanuel to unveil domestic violence shelter

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

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

The suite-based facility will allow the Department of Family and Support Services to accommodate 100 families.

The shelter, to be named “WINGS Metro”, will increase the number of available beds in Chicago by 36 percent.

The project will also include an income generating business, such as a resale shop or coffee shop on the first floor, which can also serve as an employment training site.

The shelter scheduled to open in June of 2014.

Mayor Emanuel is also expected to announce a new program to increase legal support for victims of domestic violence.

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