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Living In Misery: Fresno Bee Journalists Chat About Special Housing Reporting Project

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Courtesy of The Fresno Bee
The Decubas family call an apartment in southeast Fresno home. The family says it's infested with roaches and mice.

Black mold, collapsing ceilings, and units without heat in the middle of the winter – those are just some of the horrible conditions at the dilapidated Summerset Village Apartments last year.

They caught the attention of the public, the media and local government, bringing new light to the issue of substandard rental housing in Fresno. But that description of unsafe and unhealthy living conditions doesn’t just apply to Summerset Village. Hundreds if not thousands of other rental units in Fresno have the same problems, owners that some people call Slumlords. 

A new investigative report in the Fresno Bee called “Living in Misery” examines the issue and looks for solutions. Reporters Barbara Anderson, BoNhia Lee and Andrea Castillo joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the project. 

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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