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Chico City Council says measures are in place for homeless population

People in the community are concerned about the homeless population during the winter season. City leaders say they currently have measures in place to help them.

Posted: Dec 1, 2020 5:35 PM
Updated: Dec 1, 2020 5:35 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The city of Chico currently has some measures in place to help the homeless population.

Many homeless camps are set up in Annies Glenn.

City councilmember, Scott Huber, initially had a suggested item on the city's agenda Tuesday night to discuss options for the homeless population and did not want to wait another week to discuss these options.

"You know it is getting close to a time when it is very cold in Chico and I didn't feel like we should wait to implement any cold weather solutions that we might be able to come up with right away, so I asked that an emergency meeting be scheduled," said Huber. 

"I am concerned for them, for the homeless community," said Chico Resident Wendy O'Neil. "Just their life in general. COVID or not. It is cold. They have limited resources. There are limited shelters in Chico." 

Huber said shortly after he requested the emergency meeting, he found out from City Manager, Mark Orme, that there is already a warming shelter in place at Depot Park that fits into their budget and can be done without the city council having to come together to make a decision.

The city said in order for the warming shelter to be open to the homeless population it has to be at least 32 degrees outside. The city will meet Tuesday, Dec. 8, to discuss more options for the homeless. 

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