More than $400,000 will be used to bring homeless people out from the cold in Stockton.
The Stockton Shelter for the Homeless and the Gospel Rescue Mission will be able to add 50 beds apiece with the funding from the city of Stockton and San Joaquin County.
Shelter CEO JoLyn McMillan says the facility has room for 111 men but has been running 175 percent of capacity for the first 9 months of this year.
"We are actually sheltering between 175 and 200 men," she said. "We had 236 men on our high night count, and we actually physically had men sleeping in chairs.”
McMillan said the family shelter can also accommodate 30 families, but that is running at 120 percent of capacity. She says these extra funds will help build up permanent space for more families in the future.
“And so, we’re building capacity next year, it’s definitely building capacity in our family side, we don’t want our children and families sleeping in cars,” McMillan said.
She said those funds will meet the future needs as well so that further emergency funding next year won’t be needed.
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