Homelessness up 17% in Fresno Area, Officials Have Plan to Address Increase

The Fresno Madera continuum of Care released their homeless count numbers. Homelessness is up 17 percent in the greater Fresno area.


FRESNO (KMJ) – This year’s Point-in-Time count of the homeless population is in, and homelessness in the greater Fresno area is up 17 percent. At the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care announcing results of its 2019 “Point in Time” homeless count.
“When I speak to my fellow big-city mayors in California, homelessness is always the top issue for the past two years,” Mayor Lee Brand said.
Fresno Mayor Lee Brand and Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig were on hand for the event. The Continuum counts homeless people in Madera County, Madera City, Fresno County and Fresno City. In 2019, their count reveled 2,508 people who are currently homeless.
“We are using our funding to roll out housing and services starting this summer including that are small, low-barrier shelters that are strategically located in the community, with a path for permanent housing,” Brand said.
Reporting from Downtown Fresno, Clint Olivier, KMJ News.