In Fresno alone, an estimated 3,500 homeless people are living unsheltered. That number does not include the community's 10,500 sheltered homeless - individuals sleeping in places not their own, or in cars, garages or other places not suitable for housing. Saint Agnes is among several partner agencies to support a new communitywide initiative to prevent and end homelessness - Fresno First Steps Home.
In 2010, Saint Agnes pledged $250,000 over three years to help implement Fresno's 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness. Fresno First Steps Home will coordinate a "housing-first" model that is aimed at connecting participants with an umbrella of services, including substance abuse prevention and mental health programs, health care benefits acquisition and medical treatment.
City of Fresno
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93721-3601