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City of Chico considers spending $2.5 million on homeless solutions

The City of Chico is hammering out a new plan to help get the homeless off the streets.

Posted: Sep 23, 2020 6:27 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico is hammering out a new plan to help get the homeless off the streets.

Tuesday night the Chico city council held a special meeting soley to talk about a plan to alleviate the homeless impacts in the community.

They are still looking at many different options but in total the city thinks it will all cost about $2.5 million dollars.

The proposed plan would use $600,000 to complete the city's BMX project.

This includes moving the current BMX site which is located near the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds and relocating it next to the Chico Airport.

That would then allow the city to use the old location for either a new shelter, an extension of the torres shelter or a space for encampments.

People in Chico say they think this issue should be top priority and want to see something done, while others say they are opposed to the plan. 

Woody Elliott, who lives in Chico, told Action News Now,"The city needs to get its act together instead of just talking about it and waving its hands like the past several of years. It's been a chronic problem and it seems to be getting worse and something needs to be done and continually done, its not going to go away."

Assisant City Manager, Chris Constantin says, this is a complex problem we are trying to grapple with its going to take money to solve. we cant just enforce our way out of the problems we have we should be enforcing, will be enforcing but we have to have a comprehensive approach to tackling this problem both compassionately and with accountability.

The proposal would also use $100,000 for planning and enviornmental review.

Around $600,000 dwould go to The True North Housing Alliance to work towards a navigation center.

Another million dollars would be committed to fighting this problem, whether its to help with clean ups, for new projects or for additional planning an environmental review.

City officials say the money would come from the city's general fund as well as any grant money from the state and federal government.

Constantin says the council did not take any action last night, but they want staff to come back and provide a more detailed plan during the next meeting.

Action News Now has also receieved many messages from people in the community who say they are upset about the city's proposed plan

This is all still a proposal and they city will continue this discussion during the next meeting which is scheduled for October 6th..

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