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Stockton, California, May 1, 2012 – Medical Assistant Jeff Pacio-Cortez (left) attends to patient William Thomas at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. The shelter provides medical services once a week to those it serves, including assistance with prescription drugs. <br />
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Stockton, a city of nearly 300,000 with strong agricultural roots, has been plagued by crime and misfortune over the past several decades. It saw home construction soar nearly three times over during the boom years from 1998 to 2005, only to fall just as precipitously to become a foreclosure epicenter when the boom turned to bust. In June of this year it became the largest city to file for bankruptcy.