Safe Passage requests $2.5M in federal aid for 24/7 emergency shelter in DeKalb

Project backed by Rep. Lauren Underwood; Site could be shovel-ready by spring 2024, says agency leadership

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, answers a question from the audience Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, during a town hall meeting in one of the hangers at the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport.
The lot at 217 Franklin St. in downtown DeKalb is the future site of the Safe Passage's 24/ 7 emergency shelter, shown April 24, 2023.

“I think that it’s also very encouraging that she had so much money that she could utilize for projects for her district. She’s got a big district. A lot of people applied, but she could only pick 15 projects. So, we feel confident because we were one of the ones that were chosen.”

—  Mary Ellen Schaid of Safe Passage on U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood's support
Mary Ellen Schaid, Safe Passage executive director, holds a candle Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at the Egyptian Theatre during the Safe Passage domestic violence vigil.
Supporters come together for Safe Passage's Take Back The Night March downtown on Monday April 17,2023 in DeKalb.