Fresno planning to break up homeless camps

FRESNO, Calif.

On Thursday, city crews plan to break up three illegal homeless encampments near the Monterey Street Bridge.

City officials want to move the homeless out of the area to begin its project to demolish the bridge by early next year.

Each end of the bridge has become a centralized location for homeless to gather and set up tents.

"The enforcement part of it is going to be no different than what we've done in the past," Fresno Assistant City Manager Bruce Rudd said. "We're going to ask people very nicely. We've posted for the last three weeks that this was coming so this is not a surprise to anybody out there.

The city says it's offered many of its resources to help relocate the homeless to transitional housing.

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