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Dyer Successfully Lobbies for Return of $6M in Homeless Funds



Mayor Jerry Dyer successfully lobbied the state to restore $6 million in homeless funding. (GV Wire/David Taub)
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Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer met with Gov. Gavin Newsom last Friday in Sacramento to discuss the state’s withholding of homeless funding.

On Tuesday, Fresno got it back.

The state restored $6 million in Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Round 3 funds. The city previously received $1.5 million.

“In Fresno, we continue to make housing the homeless a primary priority. We have mapped out a sustainable and attainable plan that is results-driven,” Dyer said. “Together with our partners, we have seen dramatic progress – especially by housing those previously on our freeways. The Governor is aware of the strides we are making, and we are grateful to have these funds reinstated and available to continue our work.”

More than 100 local mayors and county officials gathered virtually and in person to talk with Newsom about how to better tackle the state’s homelessness crisis.

“It was nice to hear their progress, and it was nice to hear their recognition that we have to get to another level,” Newsom said after the more than two-hour private meeting.

Fresno Outperforms Other Cities

Newsom pulled back $1 billion in funding, temporarily, because of low projections on housing the homeless. Dyer, at a Tuesday news conference, agreed that those cautious estimates were too low.

The plans, altogether, promised to reduce visible street homelessness by 2% between 2020 and 2024, or 2,000 fewer people statewide. Newsom had called those goals “simply unacceptable.”

In contrast, Dyer said that Fresno had reduced its unsheltered residents by 13% in the last year, with another 8% cut predicted over the next two years.

“21% is not anything I’m ashamed of by any means. But my real goal as the mayor over the next four years is to not see any homeless in our city,” Dyer said.

Ultimately, he wants people to say “where did the homeless go?” Dyer said Fresno is having that success along the freeways.

Newsom praised Fresno during last week’s meeting, calling it the “perfect example of a working partner.”

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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