Concerns grow one week after Chico City Counil's homeless encampment code decision

Just one week after Chico City Council restricted homeless encampment evictions over 10 people, concerns are growing among community members.

Posted: Apr 14, 2020 6:59 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2020 12:45 PM

CHICO, Calif. - It's been one week since Chico City Council passed a code placing a short-term ban on homeless encampment evictions over ten people.

This decision has left Chico residents with growing concerns. Photos shared by Citizens for a Safe Chico highlight one of them.

The photos are of homeless encampments taken yesterday at Comanche Creek. Piles of trash, food, clothes, and other items lay throughout a series of images.

Teri Dubose is the organization's president. She's concerned for what the future may hold.

She says, "The trash is going to build up. The needles are going to be found everywhere. I think it's just the beginning of a real mess we're going to have on our hands."

Dubose believes city leaders aren't doing enough, nor will do enough, to ensure the public health and safety of the community.

"I just find a lot of it as a form of enabling and unfortunately a lot of our volunteers in the city with really great groups, great intentions have been out doing clean-ups, and they decided to not do those clean-ups anymore."

Action News Now reached out to Vice Mayor Alex Brown to help shed light on these concerns, but no response yet.

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