Torres Shelter unveils new expansion plan

The Torres Shelter in Chico has announced a new three-phase expansion plan to boost its ability to help those in need.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 5:21 PM

CHICO, Calif. - One homeless shelter in Chico will soon boost its ability to help those in need.

The Torres Shelter recently unveiled a new three-phase expansion plan.

"I was in a tent, now I have a roof over my head," shelter guest, Ramon Sanchez said.

Sanchez said that he's been staying at the shelter for about a month. He lost his home in Berry Creek after the fire.

"They helped me with clothing, food, hygiene stuff, everything from head to toe," Sanchez said.

The Shelter is hoping to help more people like Sanchez, with this new plan.

Phase 1 of the Torres Shelter's expansion plan includes adding 50 new beds, eventually increasing shelter capacity to 210. But the new beds won't be available right away, they hope to have about 20 new beds available in August, and the rest once it's safe to do so. 

"We're going to be able to bring in new kinds of bunk beds, some will be three-tiered, some doubled, and single for those who are really incapacitated," Executive Director for the True North Housing Alliance, Joy Amaro said.

Construction for phase 1 is expected to start in April and will be complete around August. 

Phase 2 of the plan will include adding 2,000 square feet to the north side of the building for a navigation center.

"Individuals experiencing homelessness may enter that part of the building prior to becoming a guest," Amaro explained. "That's where initial intake will happen and triage will happen in terms of their needs."

Phase 3 will be the construction of a new 4,000 square foot, two-story building for community donations, client storage, and the upstairs will be for single resident occupancy for those participating in their job training program. 

Amaro said Phase 1 has been funded by the City of Chico as well as a private donor. The Torres Shelter still needs to secure funding for Phases 2 and 3. They are hoping for community support to be able to do this. To donate, click here. 

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