Nine trailers arrived in Stockton Monday after Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that trailers would be sent to cities across California to house homeless families.
As many as 50 people now may have a place to stay.
Caltrans crews parked the trailers at the site of the Stockton Homeless Shelter. The trailers range in length from 24 to 27 feet with beds, bathrooms, and other amenities and can house a family of eight.
Director JoLyn McMillan says that will help free up more space for those living in the shelter.
“We will immediately begin moving all the families currently sleeping on the floor in our multipurpose room into family rooms and that will, in turn, allow us to take more families that will start on the floor in our multipurpose room,” McMillan said.
Rebecca Fisher with the Homeless Shelter said the trailers will still require more local funds and donations to keep the lights on.
“There is going to be a significant cost involved but we’ve got families sleeping on the floor,” she said. “We need to get people up off the floor and sleeping in a more dignified and humane environment.”
Nicole Blevins and Troy Mullins have five children altogether and another one on the way. They are one of the families sleeping on the floor but hoping that the trailers will free up a family room and bed.
“Just being able to even have a place and opportunity to get resources for what they do is amazing,” Blevins said.
Trailers are also being delivered to Contra Costa, Sonoma, and Santa Clara Counties.
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