FRESNO (AP) — Fresno officials have begun clearing a homeless camp in the city after violent crimes and fires occurred in the area.
The encampment dismantled Monday is one of three the city plans to raze in the next few weeks. Local agencies have promised to help residents find housing and services. Officials say the encampments have attracted drug dealers, gang members and pimps. Last month, a man was shot and killed in one of the camps and another was wounded. Police say they have made more than 200 arrests and seized firearms.
Fresno has been sued several times by homeless advocates, who have alleged the city destroyed the personal property of homeless residents after razing the camps. This time, the city sent videographers to document that residents were aware of the cleanup.