CHICO, Calif. - A local housing assistance program and a public university are teaming up to help house students in Chico during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chico Housing Action Team otherwise known as CHAT and Chico State want to make sure 16 Chico State students have a roof over their heads in the coming days.
Currently, CHAT is leasing one four bedroom home to four students in need.
They would pay around $300 a month.
It all goes through Chico State - who prioritize housing for students who don't have enough to make a deposit for an apartment or simply don't have a co-signer.
CHAT wants to house students as quick as possible, due to the coronavirus pandemic stay-at-home order in place.
"Being without housing really will contribute to spreading the virus," said Leslie Johnson, a member of CHAT, adding "people cant shelter at home if they don't have a home."
Johnson continues saying "a lot of people are not necessarily sleeping outside but some might be sleeping in a car or they might be couch surfing. Students really do need their own place where they can study effectively."
CHAT has only leased one home so far but they will lease more homes for the 12 other students.
CHAT says they are in need of donationed furniture for those student homes like beds, tables, or lamps.
On top of the housing aid - CHAT will also provide students with a counselor to help them navigate through life.
CHAT is still building homes for as many people during the pandemic.
CHAT recently announced it would withdraw plans for building "Simplicity Village."
That project would have included 33 tiny homes housing 46 seniors.