RESIDENT LEADERS SECURE VICTORY: COUNCIL ENACTS RENTAL HOUSING IMPROVEMENT ACT
After more than three years of hardwork and advocacy by community- and faith-based leaders, Fresno City Council voted in favor of the
Rental Housing Improvement Act - a new citywide ordinance proposed by Mayor Lee Brand to address Fresno's substandard housing crisis - in a 4-3 vote with Councilmembers Brandau, Olivier and Bredefeld voting no.
Faith based and community leaders hold up signs in support of the Rental Housing Improvement Act.
Rental Housing Improvement Act includes a mandatory registry of all rental properties as well as a baseline inspection of rental properties within the city, as called on by housing advocates.
Once implemented, these proactive inspections will, for the first time in Fresno's history, give a full picture of all substandard properties in our city, allowing Code Enforcement to focus efforts on those most in need of intervention.
"We're pleased that Mayor Brand is attempting to remedy Fresno's slum housing crisis during his first month in office," said Andy Levine of Faith in Fresno (formerly Faith in Community). "The proposal that was approved has the making to truly address Fresno's housing crisis and we look forward to working with his team and see it implemented, helping the thousands of residents that continue to live in misery."
Residents watch workers outside their home at the Summerset Apartments. In November 2015, hundreds of residents were left without heat and hot water for more than a month.
Download the FresGO mobile app and submit code enforcement complaints. You can then track your request and receive updates from the city in real time. It is free to download and available in several languages.
The work continues. Fresno Building Healthy Communities and Faith in Fresno are excited to work with the city to ensure the plan lives up to its promise. We look forward to continuing to create #OneHealthyFresno with healthy and affordable housing for all!