"They helped get me housing with my three kids," Moore said. "They helped me with clothing, food and transportation for my family."
The original St. Anne's Center, at 137 W. Binford St., will continue to function until the new facility officially opens July 20. The only homeless shelter in Ogden for about 30 years, it was beset with overcrowding, limited space and an aging building.
The new shelter has expanded from 110 to 300 beds, and added a soup kitchen, dorm space for single men and women, as well as separate family rooms.
"It's unlike any other shelter in Utah," said Jennifer Cantor, executive director of St. Anne's. "There's a divergent area for individuals experiencing crisis with mental health, intoxication and substance abuse."
Case managers will be able to help individuals who may have drug addictions or other concerns, Cantor said.
Lantern House also has a substation for police officers to drop in and complete paperwork, file reports, or just visit with the staff, at any time, 24 hours a day.
A detox center will allow the officers to transport intoxicated people to jail or the hospital, thereby reducing jail crowding and pressure on the hospital and local police services, according to an Ogden Police Department news release.
Cantor said the soup kitchen has the capacity to feed up to 1,000 individuals each day.
Lantern House was officially introduced to the public a day after Weigand Homeless Resource Center re-opened after a monthlong renovation project. The only day shelter in Salt Lake City, Weigand offers the homeless a place to receive haircuts, attend Alcoholics Anonymous classes or seek refuge from inclement weather.
Danielle Stamos, director of public relations of Catholic Community Services, said the renovations totaled $50,000 with support from Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City and the state of Utah.
A lounge, a computer lab, new floors and other upgrades were made to the building, Stamos said.
Statewide programs have been launched to end chronic homelessness, defined as being homeless for more than one year or being without a home four times across three years and having a diagnosed disability or substance-abuse problem.
According to the state Division of Housing and Community Development, nearly 2,000 of the chronically homeless have been placed in permanent and supportive housing during the past 10 years.