Migrant Centers

Office of Migrant Services and Temporary Migrant Family Housing Centers


What is Migrant Farm Labor Housing?

Each year during the planting and harvest season, agricultural workers and their families migrate from their homes to agricultural areas for employment. Because of the large number of families coming to these areas for such a short period of time, and the lack of quality housing available, the State of California and the Department of Labor developed the Office of Migrant Services (OMS). The OMS was established in 1965, to provide Migrant farmworker families with safe, decent and affordable seasonal rental housing and support services during the peak growing and harvest season, usually beginning in April and ending in November.

Before 1965, it was common for families to live in small cramped motel rooms often with other families, and those who were less fortunate, lived in their cars, or along orchards or streams in makeshift shacks – with no electricity, plumbing or safety.

To serve the housing needs of seasonal farm working families living in California, the OMS works with local housing authorities and counties to provide migrant centers located throughout California.


Where can I find Migrant Farm Labor Housing in San Joaquin County?

The Housing Authority County of San Joaquin through its subsidiary Delta Community Developers Corp. provides housing and other services to the migrant families in San Joaquin County. As pioneers of Migrant Housing, we are pleased and proud that we have been able to continue and improve our program. It has been rewarding to see the migrant program progress from one original site in San Joaquin County to over 28 sites throughout the State. Feel free to visit any of our centers as listed below:


Harney Lane Migrant Center

14320 E. Harney Lane
Lodi, CA 95240
Hours M – F 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Office 209 365-1549
Contact Mr. Cesar Garza at cgarza@deltacommunitydev.org for additional information.


Joseph J. Artesi II Migrant Center

777 W. Mathews Road
French Camp, CA 95231
Hours M – F 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Office 209 234-1192
Contact Mr. Manny Altamirano at maltamirano@deltacommunitydev.org for additional information.


Joseph J. Artesi III Migrant Center

333 W. Mathews Road
French Camp, CA 95231
Hours M – F 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Office 209 234-1430
Contact Mr. Francisco Gomez at fgomez@deltacommunitydev.org for additional information