Butte Co. Leaders to Talk Housing Camp Fire Victims

Several urgency ordinances meant to help Camp Fire survivors will be changed or made permanent at Tuesday's meeting, and County Supervisors will discuss more places to park RV's.

Posted: Jan 29, 2019 3:55 AM
Updated: Jan 29, 2019 9:27 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte County leaders have some big decisions on the table that could impact long term housing for Camp Fire evacuees.

One problem evacuees are seeing in wake of the Camp Fire is that they get some sort of trailer or camper for temporary housing, but there's nowhere to park it.

One Butte Valley man says after he lost his home, he had to pay a fee to the county to reconnect to the power grid when he decided to move a camper onto his own property.

But he's not complaining, in fact, he says right now he's all about having a positive attitude.

"We had friends coming out of the woodworks that gave us money for an RV and we have 1,400 acres of land, so we're doing worse than some and better than others, in that we have a place to live," said Chico State Professor Randy Larsen.

This is just one example of the problem, and County Supervisor Steve Lambert says things are just hectic right now and that they're just working to accommodate everyone however they can.

Because so many people have RV's but nowhere to park them, last month the board passed a temporary ordinance letting homeowners in the county open their properties to two RV's or two tents.

Tuesday, they'll decide whether or not to keep it in place permanently and add some changes to this and other urgent and temporary ordinances.

"At Pleasant Valley Baptist Church the pastor offered us a trailer if we could have if we could find a place to place it on - and there are none. there's a waiting list like there's a waiting list for apartments, so it's a double-edged sword," said a Camp Fire survivor who is still in need of a place to park.

The meeting is Jan. 29 at the chambers in Oroville at 25 County Center Drive at 9 a.m.

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