Fresno County is opening a new Bridge Housing Program on Friday after receiving nearly $22 million in state funding.
Behavioral Bridge Housing Programs are intended to address immediate and sustainable housing needs of the homeless population who have mental illness or substance abuse disorders.
The big picture: The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health partnered with RH Community Builders to open the new Bridge Housing Program at 949 N. Parkway Drive in Fresno.
- The state provided $21,833,333 to the county for the project.
- People who participate in the program will receive wraparound support that focuses on whole-person care. They will be able to stay in the units for 90 to 180 days while working toward long term housing.
- Sierra Summit, the location opening Friday, will provide bridge housing for 60 people.
- A second location, Phoenix Landing, is scheduled to open early this year and will provide housing for 120 people.
What they’re saying: “We are excited for our county and community,” said Susan Holt, Director of Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health, in a statement. “The awarding of these funds to provide Behavioral Health Bridge Housing builds on other efforts that we’ve implemented here in Fresno that we know are effective.”