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5 CHAT tiny homes for the homeless are almost complete

CHAT has almost completed five tiny homes off Cohasset Road to help the homeless as they plan to build 20 in total.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 4:31 PM

CHICO, Calif. - CHAT is building tiny homes to help the homeless off Cohasset Road and nearly five of the homes are completed.

With almost five homes completed, CHAT's goal is 20 tiny homes, with one person per home.

The insides are not done quite yet, but CHAT hopes these transitional homes will help a lot of people.

"Something happened to us to put us out here," said Sharon, who is homeless in Chico.

CHAT is trying to help people like Sharon living on the streets of Chico but with a different type of housing project tiny homes.

"We get them in, we stabilize, any need for medication, we work with behavioral health and get them on any services that they need and ultimately transition them to permanent housing," said Robert Trausch, a founding member of CHAT. "All I want is a door to close and a lock to lock to feel safe. And this will give these people that to start the healing process and go onto something better and that's our goal."

Inside the homes are all the amenities people need like a kitchenette, bed, closet and bathroom. There will also be a deck out front.

"There are still a lot of pieces that we need to put together. we are still working with the county and the city to make sure we are doing everything right to make it happen," Trausch said.

The village will be in the epicenter of behavioral health services.

"We all need it, whether we admit it or not that's the question," Sharon said.

"If you can get people into housing that provides a foundation for them to boost employment opportunities and health outcomes, so having a house is where it all starts," said Doug Desoto who lives near the Everhart Village.

"I just hope that people don't take it for granted and they are like me, always grateful to have a place to call home," said Clarie Hunt, who lives nearby.

They are in progress to complete the homes by the fall and are hoping to get people off the streets before the winter months.

Trausch said the behavioral services will be helping in choosing who gets to move into the homes.

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