Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc., Stockton’s non-profit housing specialist held the grand opening of Liberty Square – VHB’s first multi-housing community for Veterans.
With an ambiance of patriotic colored balloons, flowers and table décor, the celebration was held onsite on March 31.
The grand opening was attended by more than 250 guests, local and state dignitaries, as well as community leaders. The program included a flag raising ceremony by the Weston Ranch High School JROTC, with special recognition given to all Veterans in attendance.
State Senator Susan Talamantes-Eggman and Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln made comments, along with the many partners involved in the revitalization of Liberty Square.
The highlight of the event were the comments made by Shane Bailey, a veteran resident who shared the joy of having the opportunity to live in a safe, and beautiful facility as Liberty Square.
Liberty Square is located at 807 N. San Joaquin Street in Stockton.
Liberty Square was a vacant commercial building in downtown Stockton that has been transformed into 74 affordable rental housing units. Now 100% occupied, it provides housing for low-income families, with a focus on Veteran residents, earning between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income.
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,” said 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.”
Founded in 1983, Visionary Home Builders of California, Inc. is a nonprofit housing development company and housing counseling agency based in Stockton. It has 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, please call 209-466-6811 or visit the website at www.visionaryhomebuilders.org.