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City of Chico gets another extension for a homeless shelter plan

Some people expressed their frustrations about the City of Chico getting another extension to come up with a homeless shelter plan.

Posted: Jun 7, 2021 5:33 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Many homeless are still living on the streets and in city parks in Chico as the city got another extension to come up with a homeless shelter plan.

Some of the homeless living at the city plaza said they are frustrated but not surprised to hear the court date has been pushed back yet again.

"I think it is false hope,” said Chico resident Angela Keller. “I think it is constantly you are going to do, you are going to do, you are going to do for the homeless and you want them out of sight out of mind."

"I feel like it is just an excuse not to do it,” said a Chico resident who did not want to be identified. “I don't feel like they are going to do it. I feel like it is going to keep getting pushed back until it is ignored, or they are going to put us on a bus and just ship us away."

Some of the homeless expressed frustrations about feeling like they are being put on the back burner yet again.

"It's hard,” said a Chico resident who did not want to be identified. “We get yelled at. We get called homeless bums."

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"They need to start showing a little bit of love and compassion,” said Keller. “May it be a council member, or may it be the mayor or whoever is on the council board who has the right to tell us who can be helped with food, shelter clothing, a shower. Can't they just put a handshake out and can't they come out and actually see what is going on."

The city was supposed to present its solution on its original court date on May 14. That court date got pushed back to June 11.

Mayor Andrew Coolidge explained why it is getting pushed back a third time.

"The attorneys filed for an extension,” said Coolidge. “They are trying to come to an agreement. I just want to tell the community at this time because some people are asking us. We are not enforcing the camping ordinance because we can't because of this temporary restraining order but, the city council does want to get back to this point where we can enforce this ordinance."

"I think that it is important to find a solution that people need a place to stay until they can find permanent housing that is not in public parks because I don't feel comfortable taking my grandkids down to public parks because it is full of homeless people,” said Chico resident Gayle Astorg.

Coolidge said the city is very close to solidifying a solution but cannot discuss any details due to this being a lawsuit and only being discussed in closed sessions.

The new court date is now set for June 25. Mayor Coolidge said the city will have a closed session Tuesday to discuss possible options.

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