People react to rejected appeal against Chico's 'Simplicity Village'

Simplicity Village is moving ahead. City Council rejected an appeal against housing seniors in tiny homes in south Chico.

Posted: Sep 25, 2019 6:13 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 6:50 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Simplicity Village is moving ahead.

City Council rejected an appeal against housing seniors in tiny homes in south Chico.

The Chico Housing Action Team, also known as "CHAT" raised almost $160,000 to build "Simplicity Village" and many people say it's definitely worth it.

"I think it's an absolute necessity. They should have that and they should have it in more places," said Mark Gregoire, a man who lives in Chico.

Mark Gregoire is a retired realtor. He likes the idea of tiny homes for homeless seniors.

"With all the rage of these tiny homes that are 400 square feet it wouldn't be allowed under our current zoning and I think a 400 square foot dwelling I could live in quite comfortably. And if you're talking about putting homeless seniors in those projects, absolutely 100 percent for it," Gregoire said.

The project is set to be built at Notre Dame Boulevard and Morrow Lane in south Chico.

"We’ll surround them with services to help them be successful and the thing about chat is we see it as a bridge were kind of a bridge organization. We take a person who’s in crisis we worth with them," said Bob Trausch, the founding board member of the “Chico Housing Action Team.”

Two businesses appealed to the project, but the city council rejected it by a vote of 5-1.

"There's misinformation about what chat is doing and how we're doing it. I just read something in the newspaper saying that they're uninsulated sheds. It's just totally untrue, they're absolutely like little homes,” Trausch said.

When all is said and done, “CHAT” hopes to build 33 tiny homes on this plot of land here.

"We’ll start developing we'll start getting contracts with contractors to bring in the necessary things. We need to bring in a sewer, we need to bring in water, we need to bring in a hydrant, we need to bring electricity, and we need to grade that area. Just like anybody doing a project," Trausch said.

Trausch says they're waiting for contractors to set that up they hope to start next month.

"I believe if we don't do nothing then nothing is going to happen we got to start somewhere,” said Guadalupe Mata, a woman who is in favor of Simplicity Village.

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