City of Chico considering idea to help homeless find jobs

Local leaders in Chico are looking into an idea to help get the homeless off the streets and into jobs.

Posted: May 6, 2021 7:12 PM
Updated: May 6, 2021 7:13 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico city leaders looking into an idea to help get the homeless off the streets and into jobs.

One possible solution they are looking at is hiring and training the homeless hoping to help them find employment.

All around there are still a lot of homeless people around downtown Chico.

Businesses have felt the impacts of this issue for many years.

Thursday morning the Chico Ad Hoc Committee came together with business owners and organizations to try to come up with some ideas to help solve the problem.

One thing they came up with is connecting the homeless with service providers who could help find them jobs around town.

Katy Thoma, who is the president of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, was part of the discussion. She says the meeting was encouraging.

“I think we’re moving in a positive direction, every portion of the city has been impacted by people that are homeless and unhoused so as we move forward so as we move forward I think there’s going to be more of a sense of cooperation in coordination between service providers, the business community and I think citizens at large,” said Thoma.

She adds that the Chico Chamber of Commerce would be willing to help with the process.

That would include helping connect business owners with service providers.

She says they haven't really gone into much detail about what the process would look like but they are ready to do what they can.

The Ad Hoc Committee will hold an in-person meeting at the Chico City Chambers on Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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