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Reprieve for Former Fresno Inn Residents

Residents who were forced to leave the Fresno Inn when it was condemned have another reprieve. We were first to show you the deplorable conditions at the converted motel. There were electrical and plumbing problems, cockroaches and bed bugs. The city of Fresno has paid for housing for the past week at motels around the city.
Residents who were forced to leave the Fresno Inn when it was condemned have another reprieve.

We were first to show you the deplorable conditions at the converted motel.

There were electrical and plumbing problems, cockroaches and bed bugs.

The city of Fresno has paid for housing for the past week at motels around the city.

Those residents were worried they'd have to leave those motels Wednesday morning. Tuesday night, they learned they will get a little more time to find a new place to live.

A representative from the city of Fresno went from room to room at the Ashlan Inn off Highway 99. The motel has been a temporary home to 29 families who used to live at the Fresno Inn, including Robert Fowler and his wife.

"The whole thing for me has put me in a very low state," Fowler told us.

He and other families were forced out of the Fresno Inn last week. The city of Fresno condemned the converted motel after the owners failed to make repairs that would bring it up to code and make it a safe place to live.

"This has been very challenging for the city of Fresno. The property owners are simply negligent and they have been. And they're simply unresponsive. And they're not willing to step up to the plate and do what is required by state law," said Elaine Robles-McGraw, with the city of Fresno's Code Enforcement.

That includes paying for relocation costs of the residents forced from the Fresno Inn.

They city picked up the tab to house the families for the past week at suitable motels. And has agreed to pay for one more week while agencies try to get the families into low income housing, rehabilitation programs and other placements.

"While they are making those assessments, that doesn't happen overnight, the city has agreed to pick up room charges for the next week," Robles-McGraw said.

The city will foot the bill for up to one more week, as long as the residents show they're trying to get help and a permanent place to stay.

"What I wonder is how in this week are we going to get the things we need to rent a place," Fowler said.

The city plans to file a lien on the Fresno Inn property to recoup the costs of the motels and the time that city employees have spent dealing with this.
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