Chico City Council approves concept to relocate Jesus Center

Chico, Calif.--The city council unanimously decided to approve a concept that would consolidate all the services available to homeless people into one area in South Chico.

Posted: Nov 8, 2017 8:24 AM

Chico, Calif.--The city council unanimously decided to approve a concept that would consolidate all the services available to homeless people into one area in South Chico and would move the Jesus Center from its current location.

The council chamber was completely full Tuesday night with standing room only and many who attended said it's because they care about this issue of homelessness in the city, and are excited about this potential solution.

According to Laura Cootsona, executive director of the Jesus Center, with this move they would be able to add up to 15 family rooms, 50 more beds, and on-site medical services.

More than 30 concerned citizens spoke during tonight's meeting, many of which supported the concept.

"It's not fun to have to go into work every day, and clean up feces, and urine, and needles and etc. I have huge compassion for the people in this community, but I don't think it's compassionate to continue to solve the problem that way we've been solving it right now," said Kasey Reynolds, owner of Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy.

"This can be one of the great collaborations that our community's ever experienced. It actually gives me fear and keeps me up at night because collaboration sounds really cool, but it's really hard work. And we have that ahead of us," said Cootsona.

The city will now give Silver Dollar BMX a one year notice that their lease will be terminated, and city manager Mark Orme will work with them to find a new location.

Cootsona said she's excited to move forward with this concept, but that there are no set dates on when a move would happen.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3055568

Reported Deaths: 34441
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103280614122
San Bernardino2561091560
Riverside2504362645
San Diego2168352109
Orange2148082477
Santa Clara943661109
Kern86718565
Fresno82485968
Sacramento806781111
Alameda67952765
Ventura62101436
San Joaquin58290786
Contra Costa52965450
Stanislaus42882758
Tulare41867506
Monterey36126255
San Mateo32596309
San Francisco29321262
Solano25806106
Imperial25317465
Santa Barbara25083236
Merced24452308
Sonoma24068240
Kings19435145
Placer17380180
San Luis Obispo15929136
Madera13443151
Santa Cruz12298113
Marin11693157
Yolo10620131
Shasta9776122
Butte9474123
El Dorado782644
Sutter775478
Napa760140
Lassen519516
San Benito496343
Yuba495127
Tehama397142
Tuolumne338240
Nevada320673
Mendocino311432
Amador301631
Lake261230
Humboldt239324
Glenn193519
Colusa17339
Calaveras161723
Siskiyou144613
Mono11214
Inyo97429
Del Norte8662
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3024
Sierra820
Alpine730
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 64°
Oroville
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 62°
Chico
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 64°
Red Bluff
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 67°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
67° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 67°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 64°
Lighter winds and mostly mild conditions are on the way for your Wednesday. We'll see cloudy skies and cooler temperatures on Thursday, and then a bigger drop in temperatures and showers on Friday. More wet weather looks likely from Sunday afternoon through early next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events