On Wednesday, a ribbon-cutting event took place to celebrate the completion of the third phase of the new and affordable Crossway Residences project to support those in need.
“I think that the homelessness issue is a community issue and we all need to be working on that together,” said Tony Vartan, director of San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services. “If we just leave it to one entity then other, then really we are not doing our job. We need to look at this as a community need.”
The Housing Authority County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) and the San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services (SJCBHS) partnered together to convert former HACSJ’s administrative offices into studio apartments for the clients of SJCBHS.
“A tenant here gets an income based rent. So if their income is zero they can live here. If their income is $1,500 dollars a month they live here. But we can meet people where they are at,” Peter W. Ragsdale, executive director of Housing Authority County of San Joaquin, said.