Local non-profits and Missoula community leaders took a big step on Friday in the city’s 10-year-plan to end homelessness.

Supporters stood in the rain and broke ground on the $1 million John Ernest Lynn Apartment Complex.

The complex will offer eight housing units to people who have no home and live with mental illness and HIV/AIDS.

The project is funded by the city of Missoula’s Home and Community Development Block Grant Program, Missoula County and the Western Montana Mental Health Center.

"The Missoula community is just amazing. They come together to help each other out,” said Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtis. “I think this is just another way to do that. The city and the county have both put money towards it, and it will be paid for, which makes it affordable for folks to live in."

We're told the complex should be completed by the end of the year.