Special Reports

Housing Blight

Apartment family lives with roaches, mice, mold and neglect. Why will no one help?

Luis Decubas, his wife and children live in a southeast Fresno apartment that is infested with roaches and mice. He says he has called his landlord and city government but the conditions persist. The family is part of Fresno's entrenched problem with blighted housing, a crisis that affects the pocketbooks and standards of living of everyone in the city.

Housing Blight

Living in Misery: About the project

A disaster at a central Fresno apartment complex last fall forced public attention on a problem that has beset California’s fifth-largest city for more than a century: substandard housing. Tenants of low-income apartments are the victims of landlords who collect rent but don’t maintain safe and healthy housing.

Faces of Christmas

University student hopes his help creates a society of ‘servant leaders’

Tyler Morgan, a senior basketball guard at Bellevue University in Nebraska, previously played for Clovis East High and Fresno City College. Amid his school commitments, he finds time to volunteer as a middle school mentor, recreational director and coach and camp counselor. He was nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team, which recognizes off-court work among men’s college basketball players.

Videos

Ex-drug dealer turned volunteer describes why he turned his life around

Facing prison time, Joe Hernandez of Armona was saved by an officer. Now, he volunteers to help others in the community of Hanford as a way of paying back a kindness that helped him turn his life around.
Silvia Flores The Fresno Bee
Ex-drug dealer turned volunteer describes why he turned his life around 1:19

Ex-drug dealer turned volunteer describes why he turned his life around

'Slum-thing special': SW Parra's animated editorial cartoon on housing blight 1:19

'Slum-thing special': SW Parra's animated editorial cartoon on housing blight

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