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Nancy Waidtlow is a 73 year old retired teacher. She invested her savings into a Central Fresno property, where she's since built an "eco house" which functions off the land. And she's created a community garden, all of it, to help the homeless transition away from the street life.
Waidtlow conducts interviews and background checks before choosing candidates to live on the land. No drugs or alcohol are allowed, and all residents have to abide by a curfew.
Waidtlow says it's the first step in helping each person turn their lives around
"The idea is that they will get more self-confidence just in being here and helping make this situation work," added Waidtlow.