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Chico works to address homeless camp concerns amid coronavirus outbreak

If there is a problem area they are constantly having to deal with, they will consider shutting the area down.

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 8:50 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico is working to address homeless camp concerns during the coronavirus outbreak.

City Manager Mark Orme said they have hired a solution coordinator specifically to help manage coronavirus concerns related to the homeless population.

That person is working with the county and service providers to help mitigate the impacts and look for different solutions.

RELATED: City of Chico announces hiring of 'Homeless Solutions Coordinator'

Orme said if a homeless individual were to test positive for the coronavirus, the coordinator will help and try to get them housed.

They are also working to help educate people on the current order.

"The City of Chico has been proactive in bringing on board a homeless solutions coordinator and we are evaluating what areas we can help address some of the concerns related to the most vulnerable population and we've been proactively looking at ways of reaching out to ensure that we encouraging folks - who at this time don't have homes - to shelter at the best of their abilities," said Orme.

RELATED: Chico provides hotline for reporting non-essential business violations

When asked about Governor Gavin Newsom wanting to shelter the homeless during the pandemic, Orme said those conversations are constantly taking place here, as well, and they are looking at all of the different options they have.

Orme said the city is receiving reports that gatherings are still taking place and they plan on putting more direct signage up this week in different areas, like the City Plaza, to remind people to practice social distancing.

If there is a problem area they are constantly having to deal with, they will consider shutting the area down.

If you have any concerns or witness any large gatherings, you can call the "Report a Violation" hotline at (530) 879-6330 or email CodeEnforcement@chicoca.gov.

This topic is one to be discussed at Chico's April 7 city council meeting.

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