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Cal Water donates $200K to CHAT to help build water infrastructure for its tiny home village

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CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Housing Action Team - or CHAT - is getting some big help when it comes to building water infrastructure for its new tiny home village for the homeless.

CHAT is receiving $200,000 towards the water services of its Everhart Village, located along Cohasset Road near Parmac Road in Chico.

All the money is coming from Cal Water Service.

It's going to be enough money to build a storm drain system, remove an old well, and install water pipes, sewer lines as well as plumbing to 21 tiny homes.

Leslie Johnson, the executive director for CHAT tells Action News Now this grant is a big help, considering they still need to create a road and put electricity at the empty lot where the homes will be near Butte Behavioral Health.

"This is huge for chat and for the development of this project,"  Johnson explained. "Because infrastructure is super expensive and we are developing a piece of bare land to turn it into a shelter for people who are homeless with mental illness. This means the world to us."

Just recently in October, the city of Chico gave $40,000 to CHAT for a sewer connection for its tiny homes.

CHAT hopes to start housing folks in the summer of 2022.

Butte County Behavioral Health is going to be partnering with CHAT for the project to provide services and help select who gets to move in.

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