New shelter for the unhoused opening in Stockton in late 2024

(FOX40.COM) — An emergency shelter that will potentially serve one-third of Stockton’s unhoused population broke ground in late March and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2024.

The Pathways project will open at the complex of St. Mary’s Community Services at 545 W. Sonora St. and will have fewer barriers than what other shelters typically have.

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Organizers say Pathways will allow pets and partners, have storage for personal belongings and will be comprised of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units, rather than a congregate setting.

“This project advances our mission to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring,” reads a statement from Petra Linden, the CEO of St. Mary’s. “It is a collaborative and transformational effort to address homelessness by providing the most vulnerable a safe place to stay while working to address their barriers to long-term housing.”

The shelter is expected to be completed sometime in the fall of 2024.

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According to St. Mary’s, the shelter will have 288 beds, along with common space that includes kitchens and meeting rooms, as well as designated areas for women, seniors and those who need recuperative care.

Services at the complex will include case management and resources to move people to apartments or houses within six months.

According to Congressman Josh Harder’s office, Stockton has around 900 people experiencing homelessness.

Partners in the project include Stockton, San Joaquin County, Health Plan of San Joaquin, Dignity Health and the office of Congressman Josh Harder, which announced in late March that it secured an additional $850,000 in funding.

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