WINGS provides victims of domestic violence and their children an escape route

Emergency Shelter

On any given night, WINGS two emergency shelters provide housing for those fleeing violent situations.

Our emergency shelters provide safe haven for victims, a place where violence cannot find them. WINGS operates two Safe Houses – one in the northwest suburbs and one on the southwest side of Chicago. Our two Safe Houses have the capacity to house 85 people each night.

Victims who are actively fleeing a violent situation can find refuge at our Safe Houses – with or without their children. Our Safe Houses provide temporary shelter, safety planning, food and clothing. The family and child advocates who staff our Safe Houses can also help residents access critical services such as counseling, legal advocacy, and assistance securing orders of protection.

WINGS nearly doubled its capacity for emergency shelter when it opened the doors of its WINGS Metro Safe House in Chicago in 2016. WINGS Metro is the first domestic violence shelter to open in Chicago in more than a decade.

Length of Stay: Up to 120 Days

910 Individuals Served

71,839 Nights of Shelter

8,973 hours of children’s services

Transitional and Permanent Housing

WINGS has 50 houses and apartments throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

WINGS transitional and permanent housing programs help victims and their children continue to move forward with rebuilding their lives after escaping a violent situation.

Our transitional housing program provides participants with assistance with housing costs, counseling and employment assistance. We provide the tools that help individuals and families rebuild their lives.

Individuals escaping from domestic violence can stay in our transitional housing units for up to two years, while accessing additional services that can help them rebuild their lives and move toward self-sufficiency. WINGS also provides permanent housing as a long-term option for individuals with disabilities.

Length of Stay: Up to Two Years