CHICO, Calif. - Many homeless still live on Chico's streets and in its parks as the Continuum of Care prepares to explain its funding for the homeless to the city council Tuesday.
"It's been rough but and I haven't given up,” said Chico resident Thomas Covington. “I hope that I will find someplace sooner or later. I just want to get off the sidewalk.”
Chico makes up about half of Butte County's population and Mayor Coolidge wants to make sure the county's homeless resources are used proportionately.
“Part of my goal with this is to get the service providers in front of us and people on the frontline of the homeless issue to come and talk to council so that not only the council can understand it but our community as a whole can understand it,” said Coolidge.
“It's a shame that they can't find a way to better help the homeless people living here in Chico,” said Chico resident Larry Platt.
“I want to know where exactly their funding is from, where exactly it is being spent, where it is being spent, how it is being spent, their determination of how each area is funded and how that works through the state,” said Coolidge. “Also, in terms of their priorities and goals and how they are looking at each individual within the county.”
Some of the homeless sleeping that is still sleeping on hard surfaces, benches and living in the streets of Chico have mixed feelings about the resources the county provides.
“There is a lot more that can be done but that takes people stepping up and stop oppressing people because they are homeless,” said Platt.
“The shelter is great,” said a Chico resident who did not want to be identified. “Everything is wonderful yet some people do feel uncomfortable in situations.”
The city council will meet Tuesday to discuss moving forward with having the CoC give its presentation and more.