Fighting homelessness in Fresno: HART launches and longtime encampment cleared to offer shelter in newly acquired motel
Over the past two years, Fresno has spent $144 million dollars to combat homelessness. One of the main investments during the pandemic has been the purchase of motels to convert to emergency shelters. The city approved sale agreements in January to acquire two more motels: the Ambassador Inn and the Villa Motel near the Parkway Drive area. Although the city will officially close on the properties in April, they were already prepared to move people in.
In this interview, Valley Edition host Kathleen Schock speaks with KVPR reporter Soreath Hok about the latest efforts to address the homelessness crisis, including the launch of the new Homeless Assistance Response Team (HART).