ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Phase one of a new and expanded homeless shelter in St. Paul opened Thursday to residents.

The five-story Higher Ground facility is an extension of the Dorothy Day Center. Earlier this month, WCCO’s Reg Chapman got a look inside as crews did the finishing touches.

Higher Ground will have space for 280 men and women as well as a range of permanent housing options for 193 people.

Over the next year, the St. Paul Opportunity Center will open, offering expanded services and permanent housing options.

The $100 million project is made possible through public and private funding.

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