NORTHWEST DALLAS  — At Wednesday’s grand opening of the St. Jude Center, Bobby Holmes stood at the door, resplendent in a black tuxedo. He was home.

The 63-year-old Army vet is one of the first residents at the 104-unit, $6 million facility, which offers permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless and disabled seniors, ages 55 and over.

As the dignitaries rolled in, Holmes shared a smile and his story of five years living on the streets and in abandoned houses. And at the end of a blue ribbon-cutting ceremony, he was treated with a level of celebrity, called into photos opportunities with Dallas Mayor Mike Raw lings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

“I love it here,” Holmes said. “They just show you so much love, man. If you need anyone to talk to, whatever, they’re there for you.

“It’s nice, comfortable, and I love the environment. We look out for one another.”

City and county officials called the center, located in northwest Dallas on Forest Lane, the opening salvo in fighting homelessness across Dallas.

“This is an example of what we need all over the city,” Rawlings said. “There’s no question in my mind that there are 15 other places like this throughout the city. And it doesn’t have to be placed in just one neighborhood, because it will make all our neighborhoods better.”