CHICO, Calif. - The Chico City Council will be discussing allocating coronavirus grant funding and using it towards helping the homeless in efforts to help them not have to live on the streets and parks in Chico anymore.
Homeless are still in the streets and places like the City Plaza in downtown Chico.
Back in March of last year, the city was granted over $1.1 million in coronavirus grant funds and put over $100,000 toward five public service agencies to assist with their response to the pandemic.
Now, the community development director for the city is recommending the council allocate more grant funding to CHAT to provide shelter for the homeless.
Some of the homeless said they think this is great, especially for the older homeless population.
“Now that there are so many different properties that have opened up to help out people is actually really awesome because people that have been waiting and a lot of elders that have been waiting, they are appreciative of it because they do not want to have to go into senior housing,” said Chico resident Angela Keller.
“They follow the guidelines for determining who is the most vulnerable,” said councilmember Sean Morgan. “They try very hard to house those people first. They rent a bunch of houses all around town. They have some they own and some they manage. They do an extremely good job of it.”
Morgan said the city has already discussed giving over $200,000 for public service funding to be given to chat.
The council voted 7-0 the first time and will rediscuss it one last time tonight to finalize it.
The city said will also discuss possible sheltering options for the homeless as they do not have anything set and stone just yet.
City council has 10 days to come up with a solution for the homeless after a federal judge said kicking the homeless out of city parks without providing them with adequate shelter is unlawful.
Some of the homeless said they just want a safe and comfortable place to live.
“They can make these campgrounds, but it is not going to be an out of sight, out of mind issue and that is what they are trying to do,” said Keller. “They are trying to make it so that they can give us this area but they don't want the homeless to be seen. They don't want to us to be noticed and that is not going to be the case.”
“Everyone is wondering, is the city staff doing anything,” said Morgan. “Yes, we are looking at different places, we are looking at different options. The city put out an RFQ last Friday to see what services we could get if and when we can find a location to make this work.”
An RFQ is a request for a quotation. It’s how the city requests a price quote from a supplier for the purchase of a specific service.
Tuesday, the city will also be moving forward with finalizing changes to its false fire alarm code.