Stockton to ask SJC for $8.1 million for 125-bed low barrier shelter

Stockton currently has 554 shelter beds, many of which have restrictions.  Adding 125 true low barrier beds — sobriety and other prerequisites are not required to stay at the shelter — could pump up Stockton's 61% average shelter occupancy.

Stockton is one step closer to having a low-barrier shelter for the homeless.

At the June 14 Stockton City Council meeting, council unanimously greenlighted City Manager Harry Black to pursue funding from San Joaquin County for a proposed 125-bed, Salvation Army-operated low-barrier shelter at 1188 S. Airport Way. A low-barrier shelter places fewer restrictions on those seeking to use it.

The Salvation Army houses more than 9,000 people experiencing homelessness on a nightly basis in California. The nonprofit specializes in combining housing with wrap-around services to help people experiencing homelessness become housed, healthy and self-sufficient.

Of the four applications received, the others being from the Gospel Center Rescue Mission, Uplift Foundation and Fresh Start Transitional Housing and Reentry Program, City of Stockton Economic Development Director Carrie Wright said Salvation Army’s proposal rose to the top.

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