Fresno Housing Authority has partnered with regional experts and taken a leadership role to address the problems facing homeless families and individuals who are residents of Fresno.
In the past two years, the Housing Authority has:
- Participated in the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care Collaborative, to secure funds for homeless and supportive housing programs
- Worked through the Shelter Plus Care Program (federally-funded through the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act) to provide rental assistance to homeless individuals and families with disabilities
- Acted as lead agency, responsible for maintaining the Homeless Management Information System, which generates reports for local, state, and federal agencies
- Provided Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) to homeless veterans in partnership with the local Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), ensuring comprehensive case management services to participating veterans
- Partnered with the city of Fresno, Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission, and WestCare to create the Fresno Housing Homeless Pilot Program, which enabled 103 households that were formerly part of a downtown encampment to receive subsidized housing and services for ten months
- Furnished Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Services to 238 households that were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, including financial assistance (rent, security deposit, arrears, utilities)
- Absorbed the costs associated with the required administration, operation, and enhancement of programmatic efforts (approximately $500,000 in 2010).