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Homeless needs increase at Comanche Creek

There is one water fountain at Comanche Creek but people there prefer bottled water to avoid germs and a dirty fountain.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 10:02 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2021 12:50 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The heat is leaving many to face the elements, especially the homeless.

The main thing people are needing at Comanche Creek is water.

There is only one water fountain in the area serving most of the homeless within the city, but many there say they prefer bottled water to avoid germs and a dirty fountain.

So, how will they survive the hot months ahead since many don’t want to go to a shelter?

Mayor Andrew Coolidge said aside from the cooling center at Depot Park, there are options for the homeless to stay cool, like in a shelter.

But people there say they would rather be outside than go into a shelter.

For some, they feel like they are mistreated and have little chance of stable occupancy.

For Dylan Bohan, he said after not getting along with one shelter employee, he was kicked out.

He said this shelter was supposed to give him a return date but has not gotten a callback, leaving many like him without any option.

“I’m not trying to bad mouth the place, but a lot of these people here, they aren’t going to go there,” he said. “Not because of the strict rules, it’s because you get comfortable there with all your belongings and they kick you out. A lot of times they keep your stuff, or it is hard to get there. You have to call to even set up an appointment with them. Do you know how hard it is to keep a charge on your phone? And then what if they are not answering the phone?”

Another person said he has cancer and was kicked out of a shelter for having marijuana.

Above all, people there say they need water, food, rakes, and garbage bags to keep the area clean.

Action News Now reached out to the shelter to talk about these stories and complaints, but we have yet to hear back from them.

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