& Permanent Housing
Activities & Results
Fresno did not have a consolidated strategic plan to address homelessness prior to 2008. Since then, amazing progress has been made in our community, thanks to coordinated efforts of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the City and County of Fresno, and key partner affiliates, and Fresno First Steps Home.
Fresno First Steps Home has provided nearly $1M in private donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and private entities to meet matching grants requirements, or needed resources to meet an immediate need.
Below are a few examples of what we have funded.
A $250,000 grant from Fresno First Steps Home to the Fresno Housing Authority, which was matched dollar for dollar to provide financial assistance in the form of moving costs, short-term rental assistance, medium-term rental assistance, utility deposits, and utility payment assistance for up to 12 months, which housed 40 homeless individuals formerly living in Downtown Fresno homeless encampments. Housing stabilization measures such as case management, credit repair, and legal counsel were also a part of this effort.
Partnerships with the City of Fresno, Fresno Housing Authority, and other local nonprofits to house an additional 103 people from the former H Street encampment. After three years, 88% of those served have retained their housing and are living independently.
A four-phase cleanup of the South of Ventura encampments took place housing 26 people from the Ventura and F Street encampments by the Fresno Housing Authority. Funds from Fresno First Steps Home were provided for housing and case management.
In coordination with the Fresno Housing Authority, three capital projects were completed by the end of 2012, which include: Renaissance at Trinity (providing 21 housing units); Renaissance at Santa Clara (providing 70 housing units); and Renaissance at Alta Monte (providing 30 housing units).
In June 2013, Fresno First Steps Home awarded a $505,000 “Housing First” grant to the Fresno Housing Authority to house 100–120 individuals from the downtown encampment areas through a coordinated effort among several service agencies. The grant has accomplished the following over the course of 12 months.
- Coordinated a comprehensive housing strategy among nearly 20 partner agencies focused on serving homeless individuals from the encampments.
- Housed 135 homeless individuals from area encampments.
- Provided all 135 individuals with extensive case management services working toward independence and self-sufficiency.
Providing matching funding of $100,000 to Turning Point of Central California to fund bridge housing to those in need of temporary shelter awaiting a more permanent situation.