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Butte County supervisors commit to fund homeless shelters

Butte County supervisors will dedicate $500,000 to help the homeless into some shelter.

Posted: Mar 10, 2021 7:13 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2021 10:18 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Karen Lindo has been living on the streets in Chico for two years.

"It's hard right now," said Lindo.

She said a permanent shelter would help her tremendously.

"It would mean that I could get cleaned up and go and get applications turned in because it is embarrassing if you aren't cleaned up because I am used to being able to get cleaned up,” said Lindo.

Lindo isn't the only person living in the City Plaza who's happy to hear help is on the way.

"I think that is great,” said Joe Willman. “It has been very difficult. Sometimes it gets cold and wet and there is no place to go. Being homeless is a full-time job. You have to get up in the morning and figure out how you are going to get some money to eat and where you are going to sleep."

The City of Chico and Butte County will use $500,000 for a property where 60 aluminum frame pallet shelters will be built for single occupancy.

The site would have laundry, portable showers, and restrooms.

Willman was especially happy to hear he could soon have a bathroom to use.

"There are no porta-potties left in town,” said Willman. “They have removed all porta-potties except for a limited number. there was one in Comanche Park and one in Depot Park and maybe one out on 20th street. There is really no place to go to the bathroom. It is difficult."

Butte County Behavioral Health will also be offering voluntary mental health services to help those suffering from serious mental illnesses.

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