Local and state officials were on hand today for a ground breaking ceremony for the Rescue Mission of Utica's West Street Apartments.

The three-story building will consist of 36 affordable one bedroom and six two bedroom apartments.  It will include 11 supportive housing apartments for the homeless, those at risk of being homeless and formerly homeless individuals.

Jim Haid, Executive Director of the Rescue Mission, says there is a great need for this type of housing in the community.

Construction is already underway and is expected to be completed in about a year.

Applications for residents will be accepted starting in November, with the doors opening in the Spring of 2018.

The total cost of the project is $13.8 million, which includes over $12 million in state funding.

"Once completed, the new West Street Apartments will provide a safe, decent and affordable place for some of the most vulnerable among us," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "Having a roof overhead is a basic human right and with these new affordable housing units, we can help ensure Mohawk Valley residents in need have access to resources, services and housing to better enable them to live a life of dignity."

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX