A new, unique veteran community is now open in nearby Stockton.
Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. (VHB), Stockton’s non-profit housing specialist, hosted the grand opening of Liberty Square – VHB’s first multi-housing community for Veterans. The event was held onsite at 807 N. San Joaquin St., in Stockton, on Thursday, March 31 at noon.
Liberty Square was a vacant commercial building in downtown Stockton that has been transformed into 74 affordable rental housing units. It provides housing for low-income families, with a focus on Veteran residents, earning between 30 percent and 60 percent of Area Median Income (AMI). The project is a three-story, mixed-use development with combinations of studios, one, two, and three-bedroom units, as well as 3,000 square feet of social service office space. Additionally, the property includes amenities such as solar energy, energy-efficient appliances, a computer lab/community center, a daycare, teen center for residents, and a central laundry facility available on all three floors. The development is close to local transit and other social services making it well suited to support Veteran residents.
“Liberty Square has brought life to a long-vacant commercial building while improving the infrastructure within this Midtown Stockton neighborhood,” stated Carol Ornelas, CEO of Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. “Liberty Square is already connecting our Veteran and other residents to nearby parks and services, to public transit, as well as walking and biking amenities.”
Local and State dignitaries, as well as community leaders were on hand for the festivities. The program included special recognition for Veterans in attendance, a flag raising ceremony, and comments from those involved in the revitalization of Liberty Square.
Founded in 1983, Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. (VHB) is a nonprofit housing development company and housing counseling agency based in Stockton, California. It is the leading agency of its kind in the San Joaquin Valley, having built and rehabilitated more than 1,400 units of rental housing and more than 900 residential homes for first time homebuyers within San Joaquin, Sacramento, Stanislaus and Merced counties. VHB has brought more than $700 million dollars in grants and private dollars to develop affordable housing in the valley. In addition, VHB is a HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency. For more information, call 209-466-6811 or visit the website at www.visionaryhomebuilders.org.