- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say the number of unsheltered homeless people in Fresno has dipped by more than half in the last two years.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1M7WzOs ) Tuesday that a preliminary report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows there are 814 unsheltered homeless people in the Central California city.

Two years ago, volunteers counted 1,829. The report was conducted from a survey in January. A final report is due in late summer.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin says a campaign to end chronic homelessness included collecting private donations and combining that money with federal and state funds to help support community agencies helping homeless people.

A program called First Steps Home has raised more than $1 million toward ending the problem. The city’s population is roughly 509,000, making it the fifth largest city in California.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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