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© 2019 by Chico Housing Action Team.

Our Annual Appeal is Under Way!

 

We're asking all our supporters to give generously to CHAT in this giving season. CHAT is creating low-cost housing in Chico for people who would otherwise be living on the streets or in homeless shelters, because of sickness, disability, trauma, divorce, or any one of a myriad reasons. Over 130 people are now living in CHAT housing, over fifty percent more than we were housing just a year ago.

 

With more resources we could help so many more people. Giving to CHAT means more housing for low-income individuals in Chico, which will make Chico a better place for everyone. Please click here to make a one-time gift or a monthly donation!

From the bottom of our hearts: thank you SO MUCH for your support!

 

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CHICO HOUSING ACTION TEAM

From Homelessness to Housing

Making a Difference In Chico Since 2013

As of  November 2019, we're housing

130 people in 35 units throughout Chico! 

 

But the need is so much greater.

Our mission is to get people off the streets

and into supportive housing, connect them

with community services, give them life

skills, and move them into permanent

housing, via:

  • and our planned Simplicity Village project, a tiny house village for un-housed seniors.

Nov. 11, 2019: Business Owner Files New Lawsuit Against the City of Chico and the Planning Director

Payless Building Supply owner Frank Solinsky recently filed a lawsuit against the City of Chico and the city planning and community director regarding  Simplicity Village (article at Chico ER). 

CHAT feels that each community needs to do its part to develop creative and pro-active solutions, if we are to address homelessness successfully. Tiny house villages are one solution. They provide affordable housing for people who simply cannot afford to rent a home at market prices. Simplicity Village will have 33 tiny houses, with shared amenities. The City has determined that this project is a good plan, and a good fit for the neighborhood, and CHAT is confident the City's decision rests on solid legal ground. We look forward to a quick resolution to this lawsuit, and to getting started with this great project.

Chico's housing situation is in crisis.

Even before the Camp Fire, the rental vacancy rate in Chico was just over 1%. Now in Summer 2019, it's even less than 1%.  The Camp Fire displaced around 35,000 residents (CNBC, 5/16/2019). Chico's population increased by 20% almost overnight. 

Many Section 8 voucher holders are unable to find any housing they can afford. Before the Camp Fire, only 25% of Section 8 voucher holders in Butte County were able to find housing in the allowed time frame.  Since the fire, that number has dropped to 10%  (Chico Enterprise-Record, 8/02/2019).

Rents are going up quickly and more renters are being evicted (Chico News & Review, 7/11/2019) as owners sell their properties to cash in on the tight real estate market. 

When rents go up faster than incomes and not enough affordable housing is being built, low-income renters may have nowhere else to go but the streets. We are making a difference in Chico with our projects.

CHAT PROJECTS

The Safe Space Winter Shelter, a former CHAT project, is no longer operated by CHAT.

HOUSING NOW

Renting rooms, houses, apartments, and trailers to individuals and families

HUSH

Hand Up Supportive Housing

Subsidized housing for families through state HEAP grant

SIMPLICITY VILLAGE

Our planned tiny house village for seniors - projected to start building Fall 2019

UPCOMING FEATURED EVENTS

NEWS ARTICLES AND THE CHAT BLOG

In The News

 

Articles About CHAT, Housing & Homelessness in Butte County and California, and Tiny Homes for the Unhoused

12/05/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record

The Complicated Process of Handling the Death of a Homeless Person

12/05/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record

California To Send Millions of Dollars to Cities to Combat Homelessness

 
11/29/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Woman Found Dead Off The Esplanade Bike Trail

11/28/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Rural Homelessness Faces Unique Challenges in Chico

 
 
11/26/2019 - The California Aggie

Sacramento Considers Building Tiny House Village For Homeless

December 2019 - Harper's Magazine

Gimme Shelter: The High Cost of Living in the Bay Area

11/13/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Letter to the Editor: Simplicity Village Deserves a Chance

11/11/2019 - People Magazine

Vet Offers Tiny Homes to Female Vets Who Struggle To Get Back on Their Feet

11/08/2019 - Huffington P0st

One Year After California's Deadliest Wildfire, Many Still Don't Have a Place to Call Home

 
 
11/06/2019 - Bloomberg.com

How California Became America's Housing Market Nightmare

10/24/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Fifty Percent of Respondents in New Poll of Chico Residents Say Chico is on the Wrong Track, Most Cited Issue is Homelessness & Poverty

10/17/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Letter to the Editor from CHAT Supporter: Trying to Lighten The Rent Burden

10/12/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record

League of Women Voters of Butte County Hosts Community Forum on Rental Housing

10/10/2019 - Chico News & Review

CN&R's Best of Chico: CHAT Named "Best Cause to Support"

10/07/2019 - 9News.com

Denver City Council Passes Zoning Change to Allow For More Tiny-House Villages for the Unhoused

The CHAT Blog

What We're Up To Now!

It's like family

CHAT volunteers between meetings.