Chico's 'Code Blue' Project Helps Homeless Impacted by Winter Weather

The Chico City Council is asking the City Manager to explore all possible options to help the homeless during the winter weather.

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 4:24 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2019 4:54 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico City Council is asking the City Manager to explore all possible options to help the homeless during the winter weather.

The project is called "Code Blue," and it refers to the process of finding locations in city buildings to open warming shelters during the day and night. 

Chico Mayor Randall Stone said that the winter weather is causing a climate emergency. Some evacuees from the Camp Fire are impacted in the Chico area. 

With temperatures dropping and the first snowfall in the city in five years, Chico is looking for buildings and even parking lots to put gas burners.

"I was literally thinking that city and the floor there would be an acceptable solution," Stone said. "There's space out at the airport even though there are rules and regulations that don't allow that, they've been violated because we're in a federal disaster zone."

Stone said that the city of Chico intends to take action, although the council is not sure how it's going to play out. 

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