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Outcry Over Proposed Transitional House in Oroville

Many Oroville homeowners say they are unhappy with a proposal to build a transitional house for the homeless in their residential neighborhood.

Posted: Jun. 13, 2018 6:37 PM
Updated: Jun. 14, 2018 9:48 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. -- Many Oroville homeowners say they are unhappy with a proposal to build a transitional house for the homeless in their residential neighborhood on 10th Street.

More than 600 Oroville homeowners signed a petition opposing the proposal to build a transitional house. 

"How do you know they don't have a record? Some people have had criminal records," said Michael Edwards, a homeowner who lives across the street from the undeveloped property. 

Oroville homeowners had a meeting on Tuesday with Butte County Supervisor Steve Lambert and Ron Reed, the project developer.

"He got to answer questions that were written down. We had to write our questions on 3 x 5 cards. Mr. Lambert would pick and choose which questions he wanted to answer," said Edwards.

Edwards lives right across the street from where the transitional house would be built.

"Everybody is concerned, he tried to make it sound like this is for mentally ill people and they're harmless is the way he tried to portray it," said Edwards.

Ron Reed is a lawyer and the director of the non-profit, Base Camp Village.

"I think it was a good meeting because many people in the audience I think for the first time began to realize the problem isn't something we're doing, the problem is that homeless people exist in Oroville," said Reed.

Reed explained what Base Camp Village is designed to offer.

"Gradually we'll move people from the street into our program and then ultimately they should be able to move back or get a job," said Reed.

Action News Now asked Reed what his response was to homeowners' continued disagreement over his project plans.

"I'm not trying to do something for myself just to get notoriety or praise, I'm trying to help with the homeless situation to help the mentally ill and I don't think people help the way they normally should," said Reed.

The project is scheduled to be considered at a public hearing before the Butte County Planning Commission on July 26th.

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