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Over 500 homeless could be sheltered near Chico airport

The City of Chico developed a plan that could house 571 homeless at the Chico Municipal Airport as the city has been searching for a solution for the homeless.

Posted: Jun 22, 2021 3:04 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2021 4:48 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The City of Chico has developed a plan to construct a homeless shelter at the Chico Municipal Airport, according to the Public Works Director of Operations and Maintenance Erik Gustafson.

The city of Chico has been tasked with developing a solution for housing the homeless after a federal judge placed an eviction ban in Chico on April 23.

The ban was set to give officials three weeks to create a solution to help house the homeless but was extended to June 25.

Gustafson said fencing was constructed around the perimeter of a pad made out of road base material and fencing that was used to manage cattle grazing was removed so homeless people can access the road to the area.

The pad has 571 painted spaces on the pad, a dumpster, three portable toilets and two handwashing stations. There will also be a large shade tent, according to Gustafson.

The airport location will have two 275-gallon water totes and vendor servicing will be arranged daily, Gustafson said.

A service has been hired to remove the trash, refill handwashing stations and empty the toilets.

Gustafson said he hired a security service for any problems that arise.

If kept in the space, homeless people would be able to bring tents, pets, personnel belongings and vehicles to the airport location.

Gustafson said additional supplies can be ordered to make the facility bigger if needed.

The City of Chico said there will be a bus service to and from the site. 

The site is set to open Friday at 8 a.m. 

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