Two Major Housing Decisions Reached by Chico City Council

Two major housing projects were approved by the Chico City Council at Tuesday's meeting.

Posted: Dec 19, 2018 11:30 AM
Updated: Dec 19, 2018 11:31 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Two major housing projects were approved by the Chico City Council at Tuesday's meeting.

Both the Simplicity Village Project and the Low-Barrier Shelter were approved by councilmembers. 

Simplicity Village Project

The Simplicity Village will be 33 tiny homes built on Notre Dame Boulevard near Skyway. 

The project is spearheaded by the Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT). 

Community members at the meeting had some debate over the location, but as a whole the speakers were on board with the project. 

One of the speakers at the meeting rents a home to CHAT for a similar project. 

"They are just gems of the community," said "I think that this is a really incredible opportunity and I hope this is the first of many villages that get built." 

The team says it will take several months before it can start setting up the homes. 

Low-Barrier Shelter

Walmart has made a $1 million dollar commitment to fund a low-barrier shelter in Chico. 

Jesus Center Director Laura Cootsona announced the funding commitment at the council meeting. 

The Walmart parking lot was home to a make-shift tent city during the beginnings of the Camp Fire. 

The 24-hour, low-barrier shelter will provide an extra 200 beds in the city each night. 

Drug and alcohol use will also not be a barrier to enter the shelter. 

Chico City Council has directed city staff to find a possible location to put the shelter. 

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