On July 24, we announced a pivotal and exciting moment in our Pathways project. Thanks to the generous support of the City of Stockton, San Joaquin County, Health Plan of San Joaquin and Dignity Health, our project funding has exceeded $16 million. This has enabled us to move the project forward with an anticipated opening in late 2024.
This collaborative effort will make available 300 new temporary one and two-bedroom units; an alternative to congregate shelters. The low-barrier units, to be built on our current parking lot on West Sonora and Harrison Streets, will provide a short-term housing community with sections designed for guests with specific needs such as women, seniors and those needing recuperative care after being discharged from a hospital.
Pathways will remove the four major barriers to accessing congregate shelters by accommodating partners and pets and providing privacy and security for property. There will be 20-unit communities within Pathways that will share common space that includes a kitchenette, meeting room, showers outdoor space. The on-site location of the units will enable guests to easily access the Dining Room, Shower and Clothing Center, Dental and Medical Clinics and the Resource Center. The social services team can provide consistent support and connections to resources that will shorten the pathway to permanent housing. The average stay is projected to be six months.
Petra Linden, St. Mary’s CEO, said “This collaborative project advances our mission to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring. Together, we will move hundreds of people off the street and into temporary shelter, and eventually, with the support of our partner agencies, social services staff, and housing navigation teams, we will move them into permanent housing. This is the beginning of the end of unsheltered homelessness.”
Read more about this public-private partnership that is creating solutions to homelessness in San Joaquin County.