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Chico City Council committee taking new steps to tackle homeless crisis

The ad hoc committee shared what their goals are with a new initiative to help secure a place for the homeless quickly.

Posted: Apr 28, 2021 4:35 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2021 10:36 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The goal is for this new city council committee to quickly secure a place for the homeless to go.

The ad hoc committee includes Mayor Coolidge and councilmembers Deepika Tandon and Scott Huber.

The city plans to find out how people in Chico feel about what should be provided for the homeless. It's part of the judge-mandated compromise in place of shuffling campers out of city parks and greenways.

“I was homeless for a bit good of time, growing up, on and off,” said Chico resident Denam Ellena. “So, one of my things I always thought would be cool is if the government and the city depending on the city and the county work with the people and get them into cheap housing.”

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“We will see what kind of areas of compromise can be reached,” said Coolidge. “What can be presented to council as a whole to move forward with some kind of solution so we can continue to enforce laws in the park but at the same time provide some kind of solution that meets the judge's threshold.”

Mayor Coolidge said he and councilmembers Huber and Tandon will also be looking at potential service providers like the Torres Shelter, CHAT, Safe Space or the salvation army to see what they can do to help provide an adequate place for the homeless to live.

This ad hoc committee plans to have a series of three zoom meetings to speed up the process of finding a solution for the homeless before its next court date on May 14.

The city council will also meet next Tuesday for its regular meeting to further discuss options for sheltering the homeless.

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