City of Chico continues with its efforts to house the homeless

The City of Chico has many plans in the works to get the homeless off the streets and into a shelter.

Posted: Feb 8, 2021 7:09 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2021 8:42 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Across the street Marsh Junior High is where the city plans to build affordable housing for the homeless.

The Creekside Place Apartments would consist of 100 units. 15 of those units will be reserved for serving people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. 

“The campfire was horrible and devastating for everybody, but it has brought all these resources that we normally don’t see in our community, to be able to build this number of affordable housing units,” said Marie Demers, housing manager for the City of Chico.

Demers said the city is able to make this happen due to an extra allocation of low-income housing tax credits.

“It is a huge portion of the funding," said Demers. "It comes through the sale of those tax credits to investors and then you have got an affordable developer who will develop those and then operate them.”

The City of Chico approved for the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) to use state funding aid to lease the Town House Motel property to the homeless.

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“We are working with other service providers like the Torres Shelter," said CHAT board member, Bob Trausch. "The money is indicated for a non-congregate shelter but that is not what CHAT had planned to do with that property, we had planned to buy it and hopefully that will still happen and then build another 60 units on that property.”

CHAT said they would need to raise about $10 million to purchase the motel and to build another 60 units onto the motel.

“When we started CHAT this was our goal," said Trausch. "This next step was our goal to provide new housing sort of speak and if we convert this motel to new housing and we build 60 units on this property, that’s new housing and that is what Chico needs desperately.”

CHAT said the additional 60 units would be a combination of studios and one-bedroom apartments.

The affordable housing being put into place by the city which is hoping to begin construction by late spring and be finished with construction by 2022. 

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