Chico coffee shop owner reported problems with nearby homeless

A local coffee shop owner said he had problems with the homeless entering his shop overnight. The most recent evictions on Tuesday moved the homeless down the street to Windchime Park.

Posted: Feb 16, 2021 7:10 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2021 7:32 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A local coffee shop owner said that he had problems with homeless people entering his shop near Boucher Street and Wisconsin Street.

William Vonk has owned Has Beans coffee shop for six years now and said the homeless have been causing problems for weeks.

“Having a business and having this, it’s awful," Vonk said. “They climb inside overnight, over the wall. They do stuff. I call the cops and they don’t always show up but you know they have their hands full so we have private security and they come out and move them along.”

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Less than 24 hours ago, the area near Boucher Street and Wisconsin Street was filled with homeless people but now they have been moved to Windchime park, just two blocks away.

“The question is what should we do about that,” Chico resident, Rob Berry, said. “My answer is, we need to enforce the laws. Some people may think that is an inhumane thing to do but look around here, does this look humane to you?”

“They should find them a place,” a Chico resident who did not want to be identified said. “They can’t just ask them to go die somewhere or move to where. They have to have a place.”

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Vonk is relieved the homeless moved down the road from his shop but still has his concerns.

“You have to keep them moving,” Vonk said. “You can’t have them congregate and if you have them congregate and you give them a hand then they take an arm and that is the problem.”

The City of Chico plans to move the homeless living in the new area known as Windchime park. They said they haven’t handed out eviction notices yet but could very soon.

Action News Now also reached out to Butte County Behavioral Health to see if they have any plans to help provide the homeless with support but have not heard back.

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