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Chico City Council to reevaluate sheltering options for homeless

The city of Chico is still trying to find a solution to it’s homeless problem.

Posted: Feb 1, 2021 7:01 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Tuesday, the Chico City Council will consider several options for the homeless.

"A camping site where the BMX thing was, maybe tiny houses there, loaning money through a grant for chat to buy a hotel or allowing people to camp in their cars at the Park and Ride," said council member Sean Morgan. 

The Park and Ride is part of the North State Shelter Team's plan.

It would allow the homeless to park at the Park and Ride on Highways 32 and 99, setting aside certain rows for them to use.  

The NSST's plan also includes people to monitor the area and talk to neighbors to deal with any problems that may arise.

"Now for the first time that I have seen the city and the county are starting to work together, and these meetings are happening and now there is blood in the water meaning the city is going to actually spend money on this," said Morgan. "So everybody is coming up with solutions."

One of those solution's is a tiny home village.

The goal is for Chico Housing Action Team also known as CHAT to build at least 20 tiny homes near Enloe Behavioral Health which is located on Rio Lindo Avenue and Cohasset road. 

"CHAT's role has always been to look for permanent housing and to get people off of the streets and to stabilize them and help bring them back into society," said CHAT board member, Bob Trausch. "Re-introduce them into a different lifestyle for whatever reason they had been on the street."

For now, these are just plans that city leaders will explore at the next council meeting.

The city council will meet at 6pm Tuesday. You can watch it virtually by clicking HERE.

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