The City of Fresno works in collaboration with service agencies dedicated to providing shelter, housing and case management services to those in need. While the City of Fresno does not provide direct services, street outreach or case management services, it has established a strong partnership with local, state and federal agencies that continues to grow. The City Manager’s Office oversees the coordination of funding, policy recommendations and other efforts associated with homelessness.
The City of Fresno Development and Resource Management Department, Housing and Community Development Division utilizes entitlement funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement programs related to homelessness as follows:
- Emergency Solutions Grants - The City works with the Fresno County to jointly issue a Request for Proposals (RFP).
- HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program –In an effort to provide ‘housing-first’ opportunities for the unsheltered population, the City of Fresno recently approved $1 million in HOME Investment Partnerships Program funds to be directed to the Fresno Housing Authority for the formation of a local Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program.
- Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) – The City makes available CHDO funds for affordable housing projects which may include the creation of single room occupancy housing.
In September of 2008, the City and County of Fresno adopted a 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. The City of Fresno remains committed to ensure progress with multiple community agencies to improve the quality of life for Fresno’s most vulnerable individuals.
Focused on the “housing first” model, several service agencies throughout Fresno and Madera counties remain dedicated to providing shelter and case management services to those in need. Please dial 2 1 1 to reach the United Way of Fresno County call center or click on this link to view Services & Housing Options.
In addition to resources and coordination at the local level, Fresno has also received technical assistance and designations as a high-priority city participating in other national initiatives aimed at preventing and ending homelessness. These opportunities provide access to expertise throughout the country as well as best practices in policy and service delivery. For more information on these initiatives, please see Coordination and Initiatives.