It was a burned-out, vacant store. Soon, Fresno families will live there

By next year, a corner in southwest Fresno where a vacant, burned-out convenience store once stood will be home to four families with young children who will help build their new homes themselves.

The new homes going in at the southeast corner of Amador and B streets are part of a project between the city of Fresno and Habitat for Humanity.

The partnership is going further than building the new homes at the corner. It also will provide aid for 30 families in the area to maintain their homes for preservation.

“As we see the economy improving in Fresno, adequate and affordable housing continues to be a major issue in our community,” Mayor Lee Brand said Monday at a news conference. “That’s why we must do everything we can to provide housing options for Fresno families.”

Brand said the city is committed to revitalizing neighborhoods and eliminating blight.

Construction on the homes, just down the street from Fink White Park, will begin in July and is scheduled to be complete by August 2020.

The project was a welcomed housing answer for Jose Camacho and Elizabeth Flores, parents to four children, who were interested but unable to buy a home. One of Flores’ coworkers at Ulta Beauty first told her about the project.

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Where a burned-out convenience store once stood on the southeast corner of Amador and B streets in southwest Fresno, four new homes will be built through a partnership with the city of Fresno and Habitat for Humanity. Photo contributed by City of Fresno

Following Habitat’s model, Camacho and Flores, along with help from family, will contribute 500 “equity hours” in helping to construct their home.

Habitat contributed about $400,000 to the project, and the city is using $580,000 in federal funding from its Home fund program for the project.

This story has been corrected from an earlier version.

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Brianna Calix covers politics and investigations for The Bee, where she works to hold public officials accountable and shine a light on issues that deeply affect residents’ lives. She previously worked for The Bee’s sister paper, the Merced Sun-Star, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Fresno State.