SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

City of Chico Seeks Locations for Emergency Shelters

Chico City Council tonight will decide whether or not to continue working to set up an emergency winter-shelter program.

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 4:15 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 9:14 AM

Chico, Calif. -- Should the City of Chico move forward with plans to set up an emergency shelter program when the weather gets cold?

That's on the agenda for tonight's City Council meeting.

For people who are homeless, it could be a lifesaver - nearly every years, one or more people die from exposure to the elements (the impact of the cold).

The city's working to use get a pop-up shelter plan in place, and the cost to taxpayers would be minimal- remember that Homeless Emergency Aid Program, or "HEAP" funding we got when City Council declared a shelter crisis in Chico?

That will help, a lot.

A few different non-profts, including the North Valley Housing Trust, are working on a "Code Blue" type program with the city right now, setting criteria of when and where to start a pop-up shelter.

But the problem is where to put these shelters.

"There's money, there's resources, there's volunteers at the ready, we are ready to go. the only reason that doesn't exist today is real estate. for inter shelter or even permanent shelter, it's still a real estate problem," said Mayor Randall Stone.

The Old Municipal Building was one idea of where people could go for a pop-up shelter to spend a frigid winter night.

But there are problems with that suggestion.

Another was the Graduate building, but that'd cost $120,000 needs electrical re-wiring.

The North Valley Athletic Center - but that's cost $300,000 and has black mold issues.

Chico's mayor says the current emergency shelter program is run by non-profit "Safe Space" and they can only house about 60 people a night - they're always at capacity.

The meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers on Main Street in downtown Chico.

NEWS APP:

DOWNLOAD OUR NEWS APP FOR LATEST UPDATES: iOS | Android

WEATHER APP:

DOWLOAD OUR WEATHER APP FOR LATEST UPDATES: iOS | Android

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 302484

Reported Deaths: 6859
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1249923690
Riverside23334533
Orange21517402
San Diego18402415
San Bernardino17414304
Imperial7654127
Fresno762787
Alameda7407146
San Joaquin606567
Kern597989
Santa Clara5678166
Tulare5509148
Sacramento493278
Stanislaus436450
Contra Costa435788
San Francisco414550
Ventura409353
Santa Barbara386829
San Mateo3787111
Marin322730
Kings285539
Monterey234317
Solano198527
Merced179312
Sonoma151914
Placer99311
San Luis Obispo8774
Madera8578
Yolo80228
Santa Cruz5063
Napa4664
Sutter3374
Butte3194
San Benito3112
El Dorado2920
Lassen2690
Shasta1766
Yuba1633
Humboldt1614
Glenn1590
Nevada1591
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Lake1011
Tehama981
Calaveras610
Tuolumne600
Del Norte580
Mono491
Amador360
Inyo341
Siskiyou330
Mariposa311
Plumas150
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
95° wxIcon
Hi: 101° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 95°
Oroville
Clear
94° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 94°
Paradise
Few Clouds
95° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 95°
Chester
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 87°
Red Bluff
Clear
98° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 98°
Willows
Few Clouds
95° wxIcon
Hi: 105° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 95°
Slightly hotter temperatures are ahead for your Friday and we'll continue to get even hotter through the middle of next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events