Fresno leaders say the homeless population in Fresno and Madera Counties has declined by 53-percent since 2013.
The newest count released Monday found almost 1,200 unsheltered homeless people compared to more than 2,500 two years ago.
Preston Price with the Fresno Housing Authority says a new focus on providing housing first is driving the rate down.
“The housing first model, which has a higher success rate, says let’s get a person into housing and bring the services they need to them. And that has a higher success rate,” Price said.