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Chico's Chamber of Commerce says Chico is in a worker shortage because of lack of housing

The Chico Chamber of Commerce announced that Chico is having trouble recruiting new workers because of the growing housing shortage.

Posted: May 22, 2019 5:37 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 8:59 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Chamber of Commerce announced that Chico is having trouble recruiting new workers because of the growing housing shortage. 

The Katy Thoma, the president of the chamber say organizations that are affected by this worker shortage include Chico State and Enloe Medical Center. 

In addition, Thoma says Chico lost workers because of the housing shortage. 

A recent survey by the chamber found that after the Camp Fire, 600 workers lost homes, and a handful of those who lost homes chose not to come back to Chico. 

Not only that, but 100 of those workers have still not been able to find housing. 

"If you don't have labor, you don't have business, right? The fact that folks are leaving town, our businesses are having trouble recruiting," Thoma said. 

The chamber endorses Housing Bill AB 430, which would speed up housing production by exempting projects from review under the California Environmental Quality Act. 

The bill passed the state assembly on Monday. 

The chamber plans to host a discussion with the city this summer to evaluate how much housing is available in the city. 

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