City of Chico to discuss possible new solution to address the homeless crisis

The City of Chico will discuss collaborating with a non-profit organization to come up with a feasible solution for the homeless.

Posted: Aug 2, 2021 10:38 PM
Updated: Aug 3, 2021 12:08 AM

CHICO, Calif. - A possible new solution with a non-profit could be in the works to address the City of Chico's homeless crisis. 

Will White has been experiencing homelessness for over eight years. First in Red Bluff and now in Chico.

He said being homeless has been challenging.

“It is absolutely brutal out here,” said White. “Absolutely brutal -- and it is worse for women.”

Some of the homeless are still living in parks like the downtown city plaza and Comanche Creek.  The city council is hoping to collaborate with a non-profit organization called the Hope Street Coalition to come up with a solution for the homeless.

“This will enable the city council to have someone come on board who is not from Chico that will be able to evaluate all the varying facets on what is going on in Butte County, particularly in the City of Chico," said city manager Mark Orme.

“I love guys like that,” said White. “They have looked into this and they do have solutions -- and there are solutions.”

Orme said the founder of the Hope Street Coalition has worked at state and federal levels, which he believes will be beneficial in prioritizing how much, and where, money will need to be spent.

“That is going to prove very vital to enable the city council to understand this funding may be available for this aspect of homelessness, this funding may be available for this aspect and if not, how do we get to the state legislator or the federal government,” said Orme.

For White, he is hoping this will be an opportunity for him to express his needs.

“There are a lot of smart people in this park that have been homeless for like 20 years, and we have answers, but nobody asks us," White said.

The city council will vote Tuesday to decide if it wants to move forward with getting the non-profit to Chico to help with finding a solution.

The city council meeting will take place at Chico City Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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