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The City of Chico handed in its plan for sheltering the homeless

Councilmember Sean Morgan said the city wants to have two resting site locations up and running by Friday.

Posted: Jun 21, 2021 5:22 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Councilmember Sean Morgan said the city wants to have two resting site locations up and running by Friday.

Some of the homeless living in Chico will soon have a safe and secure place to live. 

"I think that will be a fine opportunity for people in Chico to take a rest,” said Chico resident Keith Rader. “Like for real. It's hard out here."

"I think it is a very good idea for people to have a consistent place to stay," said Chico resident Don Forgy.

Rader and Forgy are two of Chico's homeless.

They think the city's resting site plan offers some light at the end of the tunnel.

"The direction of the council is we want to enforce our ordinances in our parks, creeks and waterways,” said councilmember Sean Morgan. “We want to make Chico the town it is supposed to be. If that requires us to build this resting site and negotiating with the plaintiffs, then that is what we will do."

Morgan said the city is not sure how much it will cost to build the two resting sites but says your taxes will pay for them. Some people said they are okay with this as long as those still living at places like the City Plaza here have a place to go to.

"It is good for the homeless people and it is good for the non-homeless people,” said Chico resident Ted Thomsen. “The problem is, people don't have a place to live and the other problem is people don't want to see those other people walking around with all their garbage and stuff."

Morgan said the judge did not specify if the city has to provide services like food or showers at these resting sites. So, for now, it will focus on implementing these resting sites and get the temporary restraining orders lifted.

In just four days, the homeless will have two resting sites available.

The next court hearing will take place on July 2 at 10 a.m.

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