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Camp Fire Could Cause Homeless Population to Grow

Hundreds still occupy shelters in Butte County, which some worry may to an increase in the homeless population in Chico.

Posted: Dec 17, 2018 12:05 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Hundreds still occupy shelters in Butte County, which some worry may to an increase in the homeless population in Chico.

Action News Now reporter Spencer Joseph spoke with many people who fear that this could lead to an increase in the problem of homelessness in the city of Chico and the surrounding areas. 

Outreach advocate Patrick Newman is worried that some people that may have already been on the cusp of being able to support themselves, and have now lost everything. 

"Residences that were housing people who were economically marginal, they are at high risk for homelessness now," Newman said. 

Another issue that has been brought up is the concern for existing homeless using resources for Camp Fire survivors. However, it is a very small percentage. 

"I think that has happened," said Angela Mclaughlin, board president for Safe Space. "I don't think anyone is denying that. I think it's been a very small percentage." 

Now, only time will tell how many victims of the Camp Fire may end up homeless due to the Camp Fire. 

"The majority of folks that were precariously un-housed are going to land here," Mclaughlin said. "It's just a matter of it starting to trickle out." 

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