CHAT raises funds for Simplicity Village project

The Chico Housing Action Team is raising funds to build a tiny home village.

Posted: Apr 28, 2019 7:44 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2019 8:11 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico has a non-profit organization that is raising funds so that they can move 50 of Butte County's most vulnerable, homeless and elderly citizens into a tiny home village - Simplicity Village.

The organization is called CHAT. The acronym stands for Chico Housing Action Team.

Leaders of the organization told Action News Now reporter that some of the homeless people they will house in the new Simplicity Village will be Camp Fire survivors.

Participants in CHAT's programs believe the Simplicity Village will be a great way to integrate homeless people back into society and the Chico community.

The location of Simplicity Village will be on Notre Dame Blvd. just off of Highway 99. The piece of land is two-and-a-half acres.

Susan Gannon is medically fragile and is currently housed in a CHAT home. She said the support has been awesome and the group of generous and caring volunteers have provided support in numerous ways.

Robert Trausch, a founder of the group, said CHAT volunteers work to stabilize people and bring them back into society, helping them get jobs and back on their feet.

The housing that is provided to the homeless is referred to as "bridge housing." They can stay at a CHAT home or unit until they can move on to a more self-supporting living situation.

CHAT screens applicants carefully and enforces a community "code of conduct."

Several of the tiny homes destined for Simplicity Village have already been built by volunteers and have been displayed to the public at several different church parking lots.

CHAT received city council support in December, and will break ground at the Simplicity Village site in June, but need to raise some more money to pay for construction costs.

They are inviting their supporters to the Bacio Catering event called, "Feed Your Soul," which will help pay for the construction. It is Bacio's spring dinner. Every year it is put on to support an important community project.

"Human Kindness" is Bacio's theme for 2019. Bacio's owners believe CHAT's efforts in dealing with the housing crisis in Butte County are commendable and says CHAT is in need of the community's financial and volunteer support.

The pop-up farm-to-table dinner will cost $55 per ticket, will take place on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Lakeside Pavilion in Chico from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m

You need to get your tickets in advance, either at Bacio Catering (1903 Park Ave.) or online through Eventbrite.

You can also donate to CHAT at that link, even if you are not able to attend the dinner.

More information on CHAT is available at their webpage -- CLICK HERE

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