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.

Videos

Public expresses views on proposed Rental Housing Improvement Act in Fresno

The Fresno City Council chamber was packed Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 as Fresno Mayor Lee Brand presented his Rental Housing Improvement Act proposal. After more than three hours of comment and deliberation, the plan was adopted by a 4-3 council vote.
Silvia Flores The Fresno Bee
Public expresses views on proposed Rental Housing Improvement Act in Fresno 3:08

Public expresses views on proposed Rental Housing Improvement Act in Fresno

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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Tsev neeg nyob nrog kab laum, tuaj pwm thiab lwm yam, vim li cas ho tsis muaj leej twg pab?