suggested services to accompany Fresno’s ‘No Camping’ ordinance

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Homeless advocates spent Monday afternoon discussing permanent solutions to Fresno’s homelessness problem.

Fresno’s Rotary Club brought together CEO’s from the Poverello House, Fresno Rescue Mission and the Fresno Housing Authority.

They discussed how to build off of the recently passed no camping ordinance and how to target people they consider chronically homeless.

They estimate that 600 to 800 of the people in the homeless population fall into that category.

Rozetta Landrum, who’s been homeless for more than a decade says she hopes they come up with a solution because she doesn’t believe the no camping ordinance passed by Fresno City Council roughly six weeks ago is the answer.

“It’s just going to make matters worse because once we get out of jail we’ll be back out here again,” says Landrum.

Landrum lives on the sidewalk across the street from the Poverello House, she says every morning police tell them to leave, she says she almost got arrested for yelling at an officer.

“I told him this is our hood and we don’t have to move. He got mad about that,” says Landrum.

People like Landrum is why at the forum Don Eskes CEO of the Fresno Rescue Mission says they have a plan together to help police respond to the homeless.

“We are in the process of creating a model where if we are called by any of the agencies we will go out and pick them up and take them to what ever services is best suited for them,” says Eskes.  

At the forum they also brainstormed ideas for permanent housing solutions.

“There are other communities that are passing taxes to house folks lets do that,” says Preston Prince, CEO of the Fresno Housing Authority

Affordable housing is the only way Landrum says she’ll move.

“So they are just going to have to be patient with us,” says Landrum.

Since the no camping ordinance, one person has been taken to jail and two cited.

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