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City of Chico and plaintiffs continue to look for solutions to homeless crisis

In a meeting between parties, city council members await to learn more about the outcome. Representatives tell Action News Now this meeting was to set forth future meetings dates.

Posted: Jul 14, 2021 12:10 AM
Updated: Jul 14, 2021 11:48 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A mediation meeting in the Warren v. The City of Chico case took place Tuesday afternoon.

But everyone, even Chico city Councilmembers, is waiting to learn the outcome of the meeting.

One thing is clear, both parties continue to search for a solution.

"Get subsidized housing for these people, have a place for them to be so that they don't sit out in the heat. The horrible Chico heat," said Christy Levine.

She's lived in Chico for five years and is frustrated over the homeless situation.

"If we did that," she said. "It would be much easier for them to find jobs and get back to a regular kind of lifestyle."

A week before the meeting between two parties in the lawsuit, Chico city council members told Action News Now that the campground at the Chico Airport would be discussed as a possible solution, or what changes need to be made.

Although the solution might not have been discussed, you can see plenty of RV's and tents.

But I did speak with one homeless man who wanted to appear off camera and he tells me this is far from a solution.

"It's too hot out there, it's way too hot. It's inhumane hot," said the homeless man off-camera.

There is shade and water at the campground, but something else this man worries about is security.

"I've been shot at a lot. People don't understand when you're trying to adjust," he said. "We need a couple of different spots because we all don't get along. A couple of different spots with adequate coverage, and sanitation facilities and stuff like that."

Although some do not like the campground, there are several RVs, water, and a 24/7 private, armed security guard.

Action News Now has reached out to the Chico city attorney and is working to recieve a response.

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