In 2017, a County-wide Homelessness Task Force was established by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. The Task Force includes members from state and local government, homeless service providers, and various service organizations.  Five Strategic Priories for Homelessness were developed and adopted by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors, and the City of Stockton adopted a similar set of strategies, referred to as Guiding Principles:

  1. Foster collaboration between private and public agencies to ensure the collection of data regarding the number and demographic makeup of the homeless population is accurate and shared among agencies engaged in homelessness prevention activities.
  2. Work collaboratively to reduce or eliminate upfront barriers to housing.
  3. Adopt unified discharge policies to prevent individuals from being discharged into homelessness.
  4. Adopt a "No Wrong Door" approach, wherein the homeless or individuals facing homelessness can receive information regarding available services regardless of which agency they contact.
  5. Foster public/private partnerships for the development of new strategies and the enhancement of existing programs to prevent homelessness before it occurs.


Addressing Homelessness

The City of Stockton has made significant strides in advancing initiatives to address homelessness using local, state, and federal funding sources. In addition, the City works collaboratively with the San Joaquin Continuum of CareSan Joaquin County, and local nonprofit organizations to maximize collective impact.


The Stockton City Council approved the San Joaquin Community Response to Homelessness Strategic Plan in July 2020. The plan includes three main goals:

  1. Establish a coordinated and engaged regional system.
  2. Increase access and reduce barriers to homeless crisis services.
  3. Ensure households experiencing homelessness have access to affordable and sustainable permanent housing.


Recent Milestones

  • July 14, 2020 - Council approved San Joaquin Community Response to Homelessness Strategic Plan:
    • $7,050,104 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) supplemental CARES Act funding to assist Stockton's low-income residents and homeless population.
    • $27 million in State CARES Act funding, a portion of which was approved for homeless initiatives.
  • August 19, 2020 - City launches Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program
    • Nearly $5 million has been provided to 1,280 Stockton households in an effort to prevent homelessness.
  • September 2, 2020 - City launches Community Support Fund NOFA
    • $3.7 million was provided to organizations providing programs and services to homeless and to prevent homelessless.
  • September 28, 2020 - City is awarded $4.3 million for Project Homekey
  • October 1, 2020 - City launches Essential Support Program
    • 1,420 individuals have received over $1.5 million in support in just two months during COVID-19.
  • November 17, 2020 - Council approves $6,460,265 in Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) funding
    • Community-based organizations received funding for homeless housing programs and prevention.
  • December 28, 2020 - Over $11 million will be awarded to community-based organizations by February 2021 
    • $3 million in ESG CARES Act Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to assist Stockton's low-income residents, including the homeless population.
    • $8 million to support affordable housing efforts.
  • January 22, 2021 - City will apply to the State for more than $3 million in Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention funding (HHAP)

The City of Stockton has directly addressed the impact and needs of homelessness and provided programs and services to prevent homelessness.


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External Links

Homeless Resources

2-1-1 San Joaquin

Central Valley Low Income Housing Corporation

Community Medical Centers "Care Link'

Gospel Center Rescue Mission

Stockton Shelter for the Homeless

San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services

San Joaquin County Homeless Assistance Programs

St. Mary's Dining Room

Women's Center - Youth & Family Services


Additional Information

San Joaquin Continuum of Care

Point in Time Information


How Residents Can Help

Participate in the Continuum of Care

Volunteer at the Stockton Shelter, St. Mary's Dining Hall or your favorite nonprofit

Homeless Encampment Mapping Tool

Report Illegal Dumping


This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 12/29/2020