Special Initiatives

Special Initiatives

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

A LETTER FROM OUR CEO:  Dear residents, partners and community members,

Tens of thousands of families across Fresno County continue to face a daily struggle to afford a home that is safe and healthy, and that provides access to the resources they need, including quality schools, good-paying jobs with livable wages, reliable transportation and healthcare. Housing insecurity in Fresno County does not affect all populations equally; it impacts people of color, the elderly, and those living on low incomes at a higher rate than other communities. 

What we see as a country on the national level, we also experience here in Fresno. People of color in general, and specifically Black Americans, have been and continue to be targeted unfairly or disenfranchised intentionally. Our staff has spent significant time reflecting on the role that housing and land use decisions have played in creating the inequities of Fresno and how we, as a housing agency, are obligated to address these injustices. As an organization, we acknowledge Fresno’s past, understand the impact our decisions have on the present, and are committed to building a better future.

In light of what is happening at both the national and local level – important conversations about systemic racism in general and excessive police force exerted on Black Americans in particular – I have asked our staff to take time to reflect on recent events and help identify the best ways that we as a housing agency can support our community. This has been a humbling process, and our agency is taking steps to create a Fresno full of opportunity and prosperity for everyone.

While there is still a lot of work to be done, through multiple efforts, we are collectively rising to the challenge of creating an anti-racist agency and overcoming the legacy racism has in Fresno. As we continue our journey and share more about Fresno Housing’s strategic efforts, we remain committed to recognizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in providing affordable housing to the residents of Fresno County.

Sincerely,

Preston Prince Signature

Preston Prince, CEO – Fresno Housing

Homeless Initiative

Fresno Housing partners with other organizations and agencies to provide supportive housing, resources and other assistance to help reduce homelessness in Fresno County. As a member of the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care, a group of stakeholders dedicated to providing housing and services to those on the streets, we work with other organizations to provide affordable housing, resources, and support to Veterans, individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Our efforts are part of a broader community campaign with the City and County of Fresno to reduce homelessness, which decreased by nearly 60 percent in Fresno County between 2011 and 2017.

Fresno Housing is the Lead Agency in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) where data on both the individual and community resides. Additionally, Fresno Housing assists the Fresno and Madera communities to apply to HUD for funding in which to provide housing and services for persons/families experiencing homelessness.

Fresno Housing is a partner in the Street2Home collective impact initiative to comprehensively address homelessness across Fresno County. The recommendations in the Street2Home Framework to Action outlines the structure and tactics for the entire Fresno community — leaders, service providers, funders, and residents — to be a part of the solution. Learn more at https://www.street2homefresno.org.

If you or your family are experiencing homelessness, please visit MAP Point

Homeless Initiative

Fresno Housing partners with other organizations and agencies to provide supportive housing, resources and other assistance to help reduce homelessness in Fresno County. As a member of the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care, a group of stakeholders dedicated to providing housing and services to those on the streets, we work with other organizations to provide affordable housing, resources, and support to Veterans, individuals, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. Our efforts are part of a broader community campaign with the City and County of Fresno to reduce homelessness, which decreased by nearly 60 percent in Fresno County between 2011 and 2017.

Fresno Housing is the Lead Agency in the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) where data on both the individual and community resides. Additionally, Fresno Housing assists the Fresno and Madera communities to apply to HUD for funding in which to provide housing and services for persons/families experiencing homelessness.

Fresno Housing is a partner in the Street2Home collective impact initiative to comprehensively address homelessness across Fresno County. The recommendations in the Street2Home Framework to Action outlines the structure and tactics for the entire Fresno community — leaders, service providers, funders, and residents — to be a part of the solution. Learn more at https://www.street2homefresno.org.

If you or your family are experiencing homelessness, please visit MAP Point

Westfresno California Avenue Neighborhood (CAN)

The California Avenue Neighborhood Initiative is a comprehensive neighborhood transformation planning effort to reinvest in the people, housing and neighborhoods of southwest Fresno. Our goal is to positively impact the quality of life, housing, and community within the California Avenue Neighborhood in that we will see excellent schools, jobs, quality housing, engaged neighbors, clean parks and sidewalks, and more! These are all a part of having a vibrant community!

We seek to partner with the community to learn the needs of the neighborhood, create a vision, gather innovative ideas and thoughts as we – together – work to reimagine and reinvest in the future of southwest Fresno’s California Avenue.

http://westfresnocan.org

Westfresno California Avenue Neighborhood (CAN)

The California Avenue Neighborhood Initiative is a comprehensive neighborhood transformation planning effort to reinvest in the people, housing and neighborhoods of southwest Fresno. Our goal is to positively impact the quality of life, housing, and community within the California Avenue Neighborhood in that we will see excellent schools, jobs, quality housing, engaged neighbors, clean parks and sidewalks, and more! These are all a part of having a vibrant community!

We seek to partner with the community to learn the needs of the neighborhood, create a vision, gather innovative ideas and thoughts as we – together – work to reimagine and reinvest in the future of southwest Fresno’s California Avenue.

http://westfresnocan.org

Fresno Housing Authority
Get Connected Fresno

Get Connected Fresno is part of the ConnectHome White House initiative aimed to bridge the digital divide to all Americans by offering affordable broadband access, digital literacy training, and electronic devices to Fresno Housing residents.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) selected Fresno Housing to participate in the President’s ConnectHome Initiative, the next step in the administration’s effort to bridge the digital divide for all Americans. Fresno is one of the first 27 communities to be selected. These efforts will support the goal of enhancing resident engagement and broadening their access to services throughout the community.

Fresno Housing and the City of Fresno are working collaboratively with government, industry, and nonprofit organizations to accelerate broadband adoption and use for Fresno Housing families.  The focus is to give these families opportunities for them to benefit from current and future technology advances, such as bringing them broadband internet connectivity.

In addition to providing the infrastructure and access, Fresno Housing is coordinating with California State University, Fresno’s Office of Community and Economic Development to establish digital literacy programs within identified communities.  These efforts will support the goal of enhancing resident engagement and broadening their access to services throughout the community.

The ConnectHome initiative contributes to the mission of Fresno Housing, to create and sustain vibrant communities throughout Fresno County.

For more information about the ConnectHome Initiative, please visit: connecthome.hud.gov

To become a sponsor, contact ExecutiveOffice@fresnohousing.org

Fresno Housing, in partnership with Bitwise, are offering a scholarship program to Geekwise Academy. The Geekwise Academy will give Fresno Housing residents the skills that are presently in demand in the technology industry. Please email ResidentEmpowerment@fresnohousing.org to apply for the Geekwise Academy Scholarship.

Playbooks

Summer Tech Camp Playbook

Mesh Network Playbook

Fresno Housing Authority