05/28/2010 12:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin Asks Residents To Donate $1 A Month To Help Homeless

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin has unveiled an ambitious program to help homeless people get off the city streets and rebuild their lives by finding access to housing, education and jobs.

Swearengin is asking Fresno residents to donate $1 a month to help fund the homeless initiative. Donors can give online to Fresno First Steps Home, the city-sponsored nonprofit organization. Swearengin is also telling residents to spread the word about the services the city is offering by distributing cards to the homeless that give information about how to get help by calling 211.

ABC News affiliate KFSN reports from Fresno.