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Deadline Looms Over Fresno And Bakersfield To Turn Motels Into Homeless Housing

Matt Levin, Anna Laven and Sonia De La Rosa
Clockwise from top left: Matt Levin, Anna Laven and Sonia De La Rosa

California Governor Gavin Newsom has a plan to use $750 million dollars of federal coronavirus relief funds to purchase motels and other properties that will be converted into housing for those experiencing homelessness. But, there’s a catch. If the properties are not purchased by the end of the year, the money goes back to the federal government. To find out what this means for Fresno and Bakersfield, Valley Edition Host Kathleen Schock spoke with Anna Laven, executive director of the Bakersfield Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative, Sonia De La Rosa, principal administrative analyst for the Administrative Office of Fresno County, and Matt Levin, housing reporter for CalMatters

Kathleen Schock is the host of Valley Edition. In the show, Kathleen and the Valley Public Radio news team explore issues that matter to the residents of Central California through engaging conversations and in-depth reporting.
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