Sonora Square Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

$14.6 million project opening in Downtown Stockton will provide 38 new units of desperately needed housing for mental health clients experiencing homelessness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2023

CONTACT
Tom Gerber
(209) 460-5000
tgerber@hacsj.org

The Housing Authority of the County of San Joaquin (HACSJ), in partnership with the State of California, the County of San Joaquin, the City of Stockton, and Enterprise Community Partners, is inviting the community to celebrate the opening of a new $14.6 million housing project called Sonora Square. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 10 am on December 4th at the facility at 2 East Sonora Street in Stockton.

Located on a one-acre parcel within sight of the Crosstown Freeway and near amenities including a transit hub, park, medical clinic, pharmacy, grocery store, and library, this innovative project converted previous one-story commercial space, as well as construction of a new three-story building, to create 38 new one-bedroom units with supportive services exclusively for clients of San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services (SJCBHS) who are also experiencing homelessness. Sonora Square is the second of two HACSJ developments, along with Crossway Residences, which have transformed this block in Downtown Stockton.

“The location of Sonora Square was ideal, directly adjacent to Crossway Residences which was our first project converting office space into housing for mental health consumers and which also happened to be our previous headquarters for over 30 years”, said HACSJ Executive Director Peter Ragsdale. “Adaptive reuse of commercial properties can be a cost-effective way to add housing quickly, and more communities across the state are engaging this strategy. Sonora Square goes further to combine adaptive reuse and new construction, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.” Mr. Ragsdale added, “we are extremely grateful for the support of our partners in this work, particularly San Joaquin County. We look forward to doing more!” These two projects alone will provide homes for 75 households experiencing severe mental illness and chronic homelessness, with five other HACSJ projects currently in development across the county to expand desperately needed housing options for low-income households.

Supportive services for residents will be provided by SJCBHS, with mental health specialists, a mental health clinician, and a mental health outreach worker available to provide case management, treatment, mental health education, employment training, and job placement. Case managers will counsel residents in groups as well as one-on-one for mental health needs and other life skills. SJCBHS staff will partner with the resident services staff to manage and maintain the property and ensure the ability of residents to successfully live independently. In addition, Sonora Square will include on-site security and a full-time, live-in manager.

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