CHICO, Calif. – The City of Chico said they have been busy managing all areas of essential resource investment to protect the health and safety of the public during the coronavirus pandemic.
The city said one of the main areas of focus revolves around protecting vulnerable populations and due to the importance of this issue and its relation to COVID-19, the city has hired Joy Amaro as the city’s Homeless Solutions Coordinator.
Amaro has worked as the Executive Director of the True North Housing Alliance for the past 2.5 years, serving as the Executive Director of the Torres Shelter, and served previously as the Executive Director of First Five Glenn County, according to city officials.
“To bring on board someone who has the breadth of knowledge and experience in understanding the complex needs of Chico’s homeless population, in conjunction with the community’s vocal concerns surrounding homelessness, is truly a blessing,” said Mark Orme, City of Chico City Manager. “Joy has a heart for bridging the gaps that exist between the needs of the unhoused and finding reasonable solutions in an extremely difficult and emotionally-driven environment. The City is very fortunate to be able to bring Joy on board so quickly!”
Amaro will commence working on the city’s behalf this week, and her initial efforts will be focusing on immediate collaborations with the County of Butte, the Continuum of Care, and local service providers, and on ensuring the smooth and effective utilization of recently received State funds to support homeless populations during the contagion spread.
Additionally, Amaro will be evaluating options related to Chico City Council’s recent dialogue surrounding various alternatives to proactively finding solutions to homelessness, particularly during this time of the coronavirus pandemic, city officials said.