Homeless Task Force Shares Ideas

Apr 16, 2013 7:43 PM

There are an estimated 300 people living on the streets of Chico or in local parks.
The Greater Chico Homeless Task Force is working to reduce that number in hopes of cutting down on problems associated with homeless people camped out in public places.
More than 30 people gathered for the group's meeting this morning to discuss job opportunity and training for area homeless as well as drug and alcohol treatment and other resources.
They also continued discussion about a possible alternative shelter that would be open to people with drug and alcohol problems, but say location would be an issue.
"Obviously it needs to be in a place where there isn't going to be an uproar around the community, but at the same time we don't want to marginalize this group even more and put them so far out that the resources they need they can't get to them," Task Force chairwoman Jeniffer Haffner said.
The executive director of the Jesus Center is hopeful that such a facility could open in the next year.


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