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P.O. Box 4868
Chico, CA 95927
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© 2019 by Chico Housing Action Team.


From Homelessness to Housing

Making a Difference In Chico Since 2013

As of January 2020, we're housing over 135 people in 38 units throughout Chico!


But the need is so much greater.

  • Our new CHAMP program starting Jan 2020, funded via a grant from the state of CA, which creates incentives for landlords to rent to low-income people

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

CHAT's mission is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to housing they can afford. Some of the ways we do this are to provide low-income rental housing, provide access for residents to supportive services like food donations and health-care, connect them with other community resources, work with them to create goals and help them develop life skills, and develop visionary alternative housing projects.

Our current programs:

  • Housing Now, where we rent rooms in houses or apartments to individuals and families and provide access to services

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.


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


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


Hand Up Supportive Housing

Subsidized housing for families through state HEAP grant


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


In The News


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

1/04/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Chico Community Gathers to Highlight Work of Local Organizations at Respectful Revolution Party

1/02/2020 - Chico News and Review

Chico Vice Mayor Alex Brown: Resolving to do Better on Homelessness

12/14/2019 - KOMO News

Tacoma's First Tiny Home Village for Homeless To Open Next Week

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 -

Tiny Homes, Big Heart: Houses for Camp Fire, Kincade Victims

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 -

How California Became America's Housing Market Nightmare

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