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Chico City Council looking at new Homeless Work Plan

The Chico City Council is discussing a new homeless work plan.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 8:44 PM
Updated: Sep 13, 2019 9:00 PM

Chico, Calif. - The Chico City Council is discussing a new homeless work plan.

Councilman Scott Huber said The City Council will be talking about putting a committee together on Tuesday, September 17.

The committee would create a timeline and look into funding for the plan that would take people who are willing to work off the streets and giving them jobs.

Huber got the idea from seeing it work in other cities, one of those being Oakland.

"This program creates an opportunity for them to say 'yes, I want to work. I want to get out in the community and spend half a day picking up debris or cleaning a lot', or whatever it is," said Huber.

"Clearly, we don't want to come out of pocket if we don't have to, because there are a lot of grants out there and a lot of grants that are willing to give money to homeless programs," said Huber about funding.

Action News Now spoke to some homeless people to see what they think of the plan.

"An idle mind is the devil's play palace. As long as someone is working and they are getting paid to do it and they like to work... then yeah," said U.S. Veteran, John Shaw.

Shaw, who is 80-years-old and has been homeless for years, says he relies on Social Security and wants to find affordable living.

Shaw added he thinks this would be a great way to get people off of the streets and some money in their pockets.

"I think it is a wonderful idea, I would like to get involved with it, and be a part of that structure," said Patrick Goreman.

Goreman added it's mentally and physically exhausting being homeless.

"You feel so lost because you have no place to go, thank God for the churches around here, you can go to the churches and pray to Mother Mary," said Goreman.

Goreman agreed with Shaw saying it will give people something to do.

"Nobody likes to just sit around and do nothing and watch the time go by," said Goreman. "Time goes by whether you are working or not, so rather be working and doing something and providing yourself and your community things to do, a livelihood. You can't just sit on the sidewalk and wait for the world to take care of you. You have to get up and move."

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