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Today, the City of Chico will bring its homeless shelter solution to a judge for approval

Chico City Councilmember is optimistic the resting site near the airport will be O.K.

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 5:26 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2021 8:55 AM

CHICO, Calif. - People currently living in a camper at the resting site said while this resting site works for them it may not be as feasible for others.

"I think it is perfect for people like us who live in this camper and just need a place to lay their heads at night because it does get cool out here at night but as far as tent camper people and the people that I think most of Chico is concerned about, I don’t see them coming out here,” said Clare McMillin, a Chico resident living at the resting site.

People like McMillin are thankful to have a secure place to call home for her and her dog, but she is worried for those who only have the option of living in a tent.

"It is definitely very hot during the day so I could imagine that not being great for a tent,” said McMillin. “Even when we were staying in the car it was warmer because we were closer to the gravel than in the camper which is up a little bit.

The resting site is still looking empty and as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, only 13 people have come to use the resting site since it opened last Friday. The city said it is hopeful the judge will approve of this plan because if not, the city said a lot of time, money and energy will be lost.

"We are pretty optimistic this will be O.K. and I understand all the pushback from other people saying it doesn't have all these amenities but the law doesn't say that and the judge also didn't say that,” said Chico City Councilmember Sean Morgan.

Morgan was asked if the city has a backup plan.

"We will pivot as fast as we need to,” said Morgan. “ I mean there are pretty well-known other potential sites but there are some serious dollars attached to them. Multiple of millions of dollars just to get them viable."

Morgan said it would be a worst-case scenario if the homeless still don't use the resting site if the city can go back to enforcing in city parks.

The city will present what it has done with this resting site to a judge in a court hearing that will take place on Friday at 10am.

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