Victory Gardens Receives Over $6.8M in Funds for Homeless Veterans
Victory Gardens will be a 49-unit affordable supportive housing development for homeless veterans. This project will be located near San Joaquin General Hospital next to the future Veterans Administration Clinic. Funding for Victory Gardens includes a ground lease from San Joaquin County (SJC), SJC HOME funds, California Emergency Shelter Housing funds, Veterans Homeless Housing Program funds, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). All units will be subsidized with project-based vouchers through the HUD-VASH program and resident services will be provided by LifeSTEPs. This project is currently in predevelopment with an anticipated completion date of Fall 2022.
The Housing Authority County of San Joaquin (HACSJ) and San Joaquin County are pleased to announce an award of over $6.8 million in State Veteran Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) funds for Victory Gardens, a housing project for homeless veterans planned for completion in Fall 2022. HACSJ and San Joaquin County have partnered to develop Victory Gardens on 4.7 acres of County-owned land in French Camp near San Joaquin General Hospital. This award of State VHHP funding is a critical component to complete the project, and is the first time in the history of the VHHP program that a San Joaquin County project has been awarded these funds.
This award will positively impact the Board of Supervisors commitment to end veteran homelessness through the construction of 49 units of deeply affordable housing on County- owned land provided specifically for the project. Adjacent to the 158,000 square foot regional Veterans Administration Community Based Outpatient Clinic currently under construction in French Camp, Victory Gardens will vastly improve access to housing and healthcare for our most vulnerable former service members by bringing these essential services together in one location. Within steps of San Joaquin General Hospital and convenient public transportation, Victory Gardens aims to improve the quality of life for veterans who have struggled with issues of mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness since leaving military service.
In addition to donated land, the project has received Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds from the County. HACSJ will contribute rental assistance funds through a program called HUD-VASH, a form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers specifically for veterans. In July 2020, HACSJ will apply for Low Income Housing Tax Credits to secure the remaining funding necessary to complete the $27 million project.
When asked about the need for housing for homeless veterans in San Joaquin County, HACSJ Executive Director Peter Ragsdale stated,