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City of Chico continues efforts to get homeless out of parks

Some homeless people living in Bidwell Park feel very scared because they have no place to go to.

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 8:03 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2021 8:03 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Some homeless people living in Bidwell Park feel very scared because they have no place to go to.

"I don't want to be one of those people that you see laying on the sidewalk with their hand out," said Bobby Warren. 

Warren has been homeless for five years. He feels if the city is going to kick them out, then the city needs to provide an alternative home.

"It is so stressful because you are constantly on the verge of losing everything you own," said Warren. "If the city doesn't want us here then they've got to afford us some place to go."

Chico City Manager, Mark Orme, said they are constantly working to get people living in parks into some shelter.

"It is pivotal that we continue to do what we have been doing, working without service providers, working with the county to find the best means of engaging those who are in need with the professionals that can help them," said Orme. 

While police are actively giving out citations, they are also actively contacting any and all service providers to find shelter for the homeless, Orme said.

In the meantime, those who are homeless are trying to remain positive.

"It's hard I guess," shared Theron Mcenespy, a homeless man living in one of Chico's parks. "But you know, it is another life experience for everybody."

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