But the complex, slated to be completed by the end of 2012, will also include 10 apartments for homeless youth and five apartments for homeless families. The rest of the approximately 207,000-square-foot green complex, which will draw a large amount of its power from solar panels, will be available for any low-income population. Phase 1 of the project, 59 units and a community center, will be completed by Dec. 31, 2011.
Funding for the $23 million complex will come from federal stimulus dollars, low-income tax credits and Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund money.
Housing officials celebrated the groundbreaking Tuesday by discussing the life of Bud Bailey, a housing advocate and philanthropist who recently died at 76.
Bailey led a successful construction company for many decades, with projects in Utah and across the country. He also was chairman of the Salt Lake County Housing Authority board of commissioners and helped with homeless housing projects in the past several years.
"Without Bud's vision, we would not be where we are today," said Pamela Atkinson, the homeless advocate who ran Tuesday's celebration. "I think Bud is here in spirit."
Mickey Gallivan spoke about the effort to end chronic homelessness in Utah and the Crusade for the Homeless Foundation, which encourages Utahns to donate 1 percent of their annual income one time for the cause. "Dream-doers are the best kind of people in our community," he said of Bailey.
Bailey's wife, Judy, spoke briefly before shovels hit the ground.
"He would be thrilled to death to have his name on this project," she told the crowd. "I will love driving by and seeing it."
How to help
Want to help end homelessness in Utah? Visit www.crusadeforthehomeless.org.