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The future Haven shelter is planned for this site.

BOZEMAN - Local nonprofit Haven is working to build a new shelter to help women experiencing domestic violence and is drawing from the community for its design.

On Monday, the organization announced three local firms that will be competing to design the new shelter.

Last year, Haven could only provide for 50% of the emergency housing requests they received from domestic violence survivors. The new facility will quadruple the number of survivors Haven can assist.

Executive Director Erica Aytes Coyle says the organization aims to meet both survivor and community needs with the new space.

"One of Haven's big values is to really engage our community,” said Coyle. “This process, in going through this competition, will provide opportunities for our community stakeholders and survivors to have a voice in what this looks like."

The winning design will be chosen in January 2020.

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If you don't feel safe in your relationship, there are resources available for you. Haven can help you get what you need. Their free, 24-hour domestic abuse hotline is here to help at (406)586-4111.

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