Chico City Council moving forward with warming center plans

Homeless advocates and homeless people were outside the city council chambers before the meeting with different signs out.

Posted: Dec 17, 2019 10:36 PM

CHICO, Calif. - With a 7-0 vote, the Chico City Council approved moving forward with a proposal to increase the availability of warming centers in the city.

Homeless advocates and homeless people were outside the city council chambers before the meeting with different signs out.

The proposal is to allow Chico City Manager Mark Orme to work with the Jesus Center and revise warming center activation criteria.

In February of this year, the city council approved activiting warming centers when temperatures were predicted to be below 32 degrees.

With Tuesday night's vote, City Manager Mark Orme is directed to work with the Jesus Center to revise that criteria which will result in the warming center being open more.

The new criteria will include opening a warming center if the temperature is under 45 degrees combined with 3/4 inches or more of precipitation and if temperatures are under 40 degrees combined with an average wind speed of 15 mph or more.

"There are people out here dying, there is nowhere for people to go. We get kicked out of everywhere we go." said supporter Traci Hull. "It is not like we all chose to be out here, some of us just don't have a choice right now and we are doing the best we can and being kicked out from everywhere we go is just wrong."

Since the warming center will be open more, the recommendation from Mark Orme also included increasing the program's budget from $30,000 to $60,000.

The Jesus Center was also meeting to discuss moving forward with the proposal.

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