Local students struggle to find housing in competitive market

A shortage of housing in Chico after the Camp Fire is affecting many people including a very special group of local students.

Posted: Oct 17, 2019 7:56 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A shortage of housing in Chico after the Camp Fire is affecting many people including a very special group of local students.

Chico State student, single mom and Camp Fire survivor Linda Fisher was forced out of her Magalia home and only recently got into a new place after living in a trailer for ten months.

Dan Herbert of Chico State works with students who are struggling to find housing and says he sees roughly 15 students, in situations like Fisher, every month.

Herbert says it is the students with families who do not fall within the typical 18 years-old to 24 years-old age group of college students that are finding the search difficult and stressful.

For typical students, he can find hundreds of options but if you are outside that group and are looking for something more family-friendly, he says you are stuck competing with everyone else in the general population.

"The days you're down and depressed, don't give up. It will happen. We did it," said Fisher on advice for fellow survivors.

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