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City officials propose new homeless shelter location in Chico

The City of Chico is proposing a new downtown homeless shelter, which could be built as early as June.

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 4:45 PM
Updated: Apr 9, 2019 10:58 AM

CHICO, Calif. – There will be a city council meeting on Tuesday proposing a new downtown homeless shelter, which could be built as early as June.

The shelter would be located at 388 Orange St. in the old Woof & Poof building that closed in 2015.

Back in November 2018, the Walmart Foundation donated $1 million for Camp Fire relief and an additional $1 million for organizations like the Jesus Center, The Torres Community Shelter and the Safe Space Winter Shelter to establish a year-round, low barrier shelter. Mayor Randall Stone told Action News Now that they won't use any of the $1 Million intended for Camp Fire relief for the shelter if they move forward with the proposal.

The building, which is two stories and 21,382 square feet, can house up to 100 people.

With its close proximity to Chico State, Rosedale Elementary and Notre Dame Catholic School parents are concerned that the shelter is low-barrier. 

It's not that I'm against the shelter itself it's just the location is alarming because it is low barrier and the location so the people that are going to be there, we don't know," said Kami Denlay, a concerned parent. "And it's within .2 miles of elementary schools, the college kids ... and it's alarming." 

The public can make their voices heard regarding the new shelter during Tuesday night's city council meeting starting at 7 p.m. at 411 main street, Chico. 

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