Safe Space winter shelters close in Chico

Safe Space winter shelters have shut down for the season in Chico.

Posted: Feb 25, 2019 8:51 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Safe Space winter shelters have shut down for the season in Chico.

According to shelter organizers, the closure is happening three weeks earlier than expected due to lack of space in the churches. 

The early closure means an estimated 65 homeless people will have to find another way to stay warm during the harsh winter weather. 

Action News Now reached out to Chico and Butte County agencies and none of them said whether they would be offering weather shelters in the coming days.

"There's no more space for the temporary winter shelter," said Rick Narad, the shelter operations manager for Safe Space. "Of course, our long term plan is that we'll have a year-round shelter in a permanent location. For now, we do depend on the churches and if they're not available then we cant provide the care." 

Chico Mayor Randall Stone said that the Jesus Center and Torress Shelter are open as warming centers during the day, but there are currently no alternative options at night. 

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