CHICO, Calif. - The state's plan to house homeless in hotels during the pandemic may help some stay off the streets for good.
It's called Project Room Key and it is temporary. The city, though, is thinking about how to help once it ends.
Chico's Homeless Solutions Coordinator Joy Amaro said the city is pursuing the idea of opening up another low-barrier shelter.
Amaro said Project Room Key has helped 131 people get off the streets during the coronavirus.
"It's been very successful," said Amaro. "It's been an incredible moment to stabilize individuals who haven't been stable."
Now, Chico is considering opening up a new low barrier shelter.
"It's in preparation and trying to be proactive around what is transpiring with perhaps of the end of Project Room Key," said Amaro.
The proposed location on Carmichael Drive for the low-barrier shelter would have 169 beds.
Amaro said the lease has still not been secured and there would still be a lot to do.
"Staffing, training staff, implementing policies and procedures, there's been talk with the Torres Shelter to lift their model and put it into another building, so the systems and those things are in place," said Amaro.
If the new shelter does move forward, it would be a temporary five-month shelter. The city is also looking at other ways to help people transition out of hotels.
"Every day new relationships are being made with property managers, companies that are willing to rent to individuals in Project Room Key, so there's new headway every day which is incredible especially during the pandemic," said Amaro.
Since Project Room Key, 25 people have been able to find permanent housing.