A homeless camp in Stockton, Calif. Stockton held the Point-in-Time (PIT) homeless count on January 31, 2022. (Ray Saint Germain/Bay City News)

A June 1 groundbreaking ceremony will launch construction of more than 30 affordable housing units for unhoused people living with mental illness in Stockton, according to the housing authority of the County of San Joaquin.

The county housing agency partnered with county Behavioral Health Services officials to build Sonora Square, a complex with 37 affordable, low-barrier one-bedroom housing units.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at 401 S. El Dorado St. in Stockton.

Qualifying residents include anyone who has moderate to severe mental illness and is experiencing homelessness, chronic homelessness or is at risk of chronic homelessness, according to county officials.

People who have co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health challenges may qualify too.

Funding from the project includes low-income housing tax credit funds that were awarded to the county in September 2021, $2.1 million from non-competitive No Place Like Home funds, and a $456,000 Community Development Block Program Grant from the city of Stockton.

People receiving services from Behavioral Health Services will be referred to the county’s housing agency to seek admission to live at Sonora Square.

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Victoria Franco is a Stockton-based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley as part of the Report for America program. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Victoria encourages readers to email her story tips and ideas at victoria.franco@baycitynews.com.