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City Launches New Plan To Reduce Number Of Homeless; Will Clear Downtown Encampments

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

Efforts to reduce the number of homeless people on the streets of Fresno will soon intensify under a new proposal from city leaders.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and other leaders held a news conference Tuesday outlining the city's latest approach that centers around city workers clearing out homeless camps around downtown Fresno. 

The initiative is slated to begin Aug. 26.

The city is budgeting $1 million on tenant-based rental assistance for 2014. City officials also say it will limit its waste collection to once every three weeks, to discourage illegal dumping.

Recently, someone dumped a full-sized fiberglass boat.

The police department will also continue crime sweeps through the homeless camps, officials said.

In a recent sweep of arrests, police made 82 felony arrests in a 20-day period.

The city is also counting on federal help from Housing and Urban Development.

HUD has chosen Fresno as one of 10 priority cities to end homelessness.

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