Shelter for transgender youth getting built in Des Plaines

A non-binary student taking notes in class.(Photo by Zackary Drucker as part of Broadly's Gender Spectrum Collection)

A new shelter for homeless women and transgender youth is under construction in Des Plaines.

The Daily Herald reported over the weekend that the shelter would mostly serve those in the north and northwestern suburbs of Chicago.

The newspaper said that the $1.3 million facility will be run by The Harbour in Park Ridge. The shelter will be one story, 3,500-square-feetand is being built in Maine Township.

“We are so excited,” Executive Director Kris Salyards told the Herald.

Founded in 1971, the Harbour offers emergency shelter, and clothing for people ages 12 to 20. The organization also provides transitional housing for young adults ages 16 to 24 in supervised group living situations or apartments for independent living.

The new building will replace the old one, which is still in use until construction is finished. The new facility will have living space for up to 10 people, kitchen, shared bathrooms, therapy room and other amenities. It will also meet accessibility standards, which the current building doesn’t, the Herald reported.

Fundraising for the new Harbour House and related programming is continuing. Visit to learn more or to contribute.