Combatting the Housing Crisis in Fresno: The Arthur @ Blackstone

Photo by Alexis Zuniga

On February 8, the city of Fresno marked the finalization of a 7-year progression project that focused on combating the housing crisis. 

The Arthur @ Blackstone is a newly developed 41-unit complex intended to house low-income families and at-risk youth. This includes youth aging out of foster care and those rehabilitating from the criminal justice system. 

The mission of this development is to slowly deter the housing crisis by establishing affordable housing units. 

In correlation to this, tenants are only required to pay between $400 to $1,200 per month for rent depending on certain qualifications. 

All included within the complex is a community center, a kitchen, a shared laundry room, a fitness area, a mailroom, and a bike rack storage. Each unit is housed with either 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms. 

In addition to this, tenants have access to case management, therapy, and peer support resources graciously provided by The Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health

The location of this complex is a remarkable part of Fresno’s history. 

In special recognition, the complex was named after Arthur’s Toy Store which was built in 1944. It was reported in 1950 to be the largest toy store within California. It is astonishing to know that Fresno held an exceptional store that now remains a forever memory which provides families and individuals with a life changing opportunity. 

With the current economy, many people are struggling to afford rent and the additional utility bills that connect with housing and everyday living. There needed to be change within our community. 

This housing development is a crucial step in resolving issues surrounding unaffordable housing in Fresno. 

The Arthur @ Blackstone provides individuals and families the opportunity to propel into a life of financial stability and future growth. 

Alexis Zuniga (she/her/hers)

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