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Central City Apartments-First Step House-Salt Lake City

Central City Apartments-First Step House-Salt Lake City

First Step House hosted a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony on August 11th, 2020, to celebrate the opening of our new 75-unit permanent supportive housing facility, Central City Apartments, in downtown Salt Lake! Central City Apartments are located at 434 South 500 East Salt Lake City, UT 84102.

This video features Salt Lake City Mayor: Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake County Mayor: Jenny Wilson, and First Step House Executive Director: Shawn McMillen. The developers of this project are First Step House and BlueLine Development.

Salt Lake City’s Investment in Affordable Housing Development.

  • Since 2016, Salt Lake City has invested in the creation of 2,539 affordable housing units. Spending $64,188,972 to make affordable housing options available to the most vulnerable in the City.
  • Salt Lake City leaders and Housing and Neighborhood Development provided a $750,000 dollars to this project through the HOME Development Fund Loan.
  • Salt Lake City waived the Impact and Permit Fee’s for the project.
  • These apartment project aligns with the Housing Plan, Growing SLC: A Five Year Housing Plan, 2018-2022.

Shawn McMillen said of the ribbon cutting:
“What should have been a major community event celebrating the collective work of this City, this County, and this State to develop housing for the most vulnerable among us, has been limited to a small group. Mayor’s Mendenhall and Mayor Wilson our two critical partners, that have made this 75 unit apartment project possible. Thank you Mayor Wilson and Mayor Mendenhall for all that your respective administrations have done to make this affordable housing project possible!

We (First Step House) as an organization are proud to have our roots in this community. Today we celebrate the opening of Central City apartments as a resource to this community. A 75 unit permanent supportive housing apartment project that seeks, in accordance with housing first principles, to address the housing and supportive services needs of those in our community that struggle with serious mental illness. This project is possible because of our great community partners that understood the community need and saw our vision for this project. “

Mayor Erin Mendenhall commented on the ribbon cutting:
“Only through partnerships can this kind of strategic housing initiative take place. As Shawn mentioned, this is an innovative project. I’m happy to say that Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County have been willing and excited partners to make this housing possible for some of the most vulnerable people in our city.

People with severe mental health needs and challenges, who need permanent supportive housing case management, and access to clean, safe, and accessible housing that is affordable and supportive of their needs. It comes together in this beautiful new building. It activates Denver Street, one of Downtown core streets that’s been long ignored, and I’m grateful to see a front door there. “


Here are some highlights about this new permanent supportive housing facility:

-75-units of permanent housing for vulnerable people in our community facing homelessness and serious mental health conditions.

-This site will offer CHARTER (Community, Housing, and Assertive Response for Treatment Enhanced Recovery) supportive services. These include 24-hour support staff, on-site recovery meetings, crisis coordination, behavioral health coordination, transportation, and more!

-There will also be an outpatient mental health clinic on-site that will provide comprehensive mental health assessments, substance use disorder services, individual therapy for co-occurring conditions, life-skills classes, peer support services, medication management, case management, and employment support.

To learn more about First Step House and their programming, please visit their website at: https://www.firststephouse.org/about-us

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