FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A grand opening was held Wednesday in Central Fresno along Blackstone Avenue.

Construction has begun on what once housed AJ’s tuxedo shop and Arthur’s toy store – now building what will soon be The Arthur in Blackstone.

The development will create 41 affordable housing units targeting low-income families.

Twenty apartments will be reserved for young people experiencing homelessness or leaving institutions.

“It provides a real scale of opportunity because we know that many of our citizens and residents in the foster care system are really challenged to make this transition and become housed in the foundation,” the CEO said. of Fresno Housing, Tyrone Williams.

Through the Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health, residents will benefit from dedicated onsite support services.

The agency will provide resources such as case management services, therapy, peer support services and more.

“The people we support in housing are some of the most vulnerable and they have multiple social determinants of health that have not worked in their favor historically,” says Susan Holt, Director of Behavioral Health.

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer explains how he is working to solve the affordable housing crisis.

He says he is pushing for inclusive zoning so more developments can have an affordable housing model throughout the city.

It’s an issue Fresno City Council Speaker Nelson Esparza says he’s also tackling.

Esparza says there’s a lot of activity along Blackstone because it’s one of his top priorities in his District 7.

“Blackstone Avenue is the backbone of our city,” he said. “We have to take care of it, we have to invest in it. It has changed over the years and now we are trying to transform it in a positive way and improve it.”

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