As part of its ongoing expansion of services for survivors of domestic violence, YWCA Evanston/North Shore has named Iris Barrios housing occupancy and employment specialist.

In this newly created position, Ms. Barrios will provide housing and employment services in YWCA’s new longer-term housing program for domestic violence survivors and their families. This program includes a 16-unit apartment building expected to open in early 2017. She also will help clients secure stable employment, providing support with job readiness skills and securing job training and placement, developing resumes, completing applications, and preparing for interviews.

“Lack of resources, particularly housing, is such a big obstacle for women who walk into the doors of YWCA seeking help. There just isn’t much housing available for low-income families in northern Cook County,” said Ms. Barrios. “I’m excited to be part of this new venture that not only addresses housing, but also gives domestic violence survivors the tools they need to rebuild their lives.”