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Homeless Camp Surfaces In NW Fresno: Neighbor Is Furious


A longtime resident of northwest Fresno says a homeless camp is unacceptable in her neighborhood.  It's nearly two weeks in the making along the Fresno Irrigation District canal bank in northwest Fresno.  

The thing you notice most is the trash building up next to the tents.  Meredith Beall–Robles is a 28 year resident of the neighborhood.  "It seems the last week and a half it's doubled.   In the last 48–72 hours that garbage has piled out into the canal bank.   It's terrible."

Beall–Robles has lived in the neighborhood for 28 years.   She's made phone calls with no satisfaction.  "No I don't think it's gonna change because the city can't get involved cause of lawsuits.   The average person doesn't know who to call to get help."

Fresno Irrigation District is well aware of the problem.  Manager Gary Serrato says this is the third homeless camp in the area to spring up in recent weeks.  Serrato says the homeless encampment will disappear but it takes time to do it legally.   First F-I-D has to post it for fifteen days warning the homeless that clean-up crews are coming in.

Just like the city, Fresno Irrigation has to store valuables that it removes from homeless sites.  By law it is required to keep things for 90 days and let homeless people know where they can re–claim it.

Fresno Irrigation District budgets 200–thousand dollars to clean up the canals and banks.   35–thousand dollars is spent on cleaning up homeless camps.


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