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​From Homelessness to Housing:
Making a Difference In Chico Since 2013

​Chico Housing Action Team's mission is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to housing they can afford.


Kristen and daughter at Caper Acres in Chico

CHAT resident Kristen and her young daughter enjoying a Chico park

What CHAT Does

​Chico Housing Action Team's mission is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to housing they can afford. We have four major programs to help fulfill this mission:

Housing Now program

Through our Housing Now program, we master-lease or own approximately 70 residences in multi-bedroom homes and apartment buildings. We sub-lease the rooms to individuals, and we lease entire homes to families in crisis, all at market-rate rents. This program includes our HUSH program for families in crisis that need a hand up, Redwood Housing for college students, a Veterans House for veterans, Mercy House for folks with serious chronic illness, and our Harmony House and Wildflower House residences for folks with mental illness.

Click here to learn more about Housing Now.


CHAMP program

Our CHAMP program provides incentives to landlords to rent to Camp Fire survivors, who may not have the credit or income needed to rent from traditional landlords.

Click here to learn more about CHAMP.

Food distribution program

We take in food donations from local businesses and food banks, sort them, bag them, and deliver them to most of our residences. This program is completely volunteer-run.

Click here to learn more about our food program.

Furniture program

We take in donations of furniture, appliances, and housewares from local supporters and businesses at our warehouse, and we deliver them to residences as needed, and sometimes to other housing agencies in Butte County. This program is needed because many incoming residents to CHAT homes have little or no furniture or housewares of their own.

Click here to learn more about our furniture program



7/13/2022: Beautiful ground breaking ceremony for Everhart Village

7/21/2022: We were blessed with lovely weather and a small but wonderfully supportive crowd of key stakeholders at the recent ground breaking ceremony for Everhart Village on July 13, 2022 in Chico. Speakers included County Supervisor Debra Lucero, Cal Water regional outreach representative Shannon McGovern, Chico Chamber of Commerce marketing coordinator Megan Gladdis, Butte County Behavioral Health director Scott Kennelly, Butte County Housing Authority director Don Taylor, and CHAT Social Services Director Amber Benedict. We're excited and grateful to have finally reached this point after so many years of work. We're looking forward to being able to open the village to Butte County Behavioral Health clients by this fall.


Stories about CHAT Residents and homelessness in Chico

The Seven Programs of CHAT

We've been documenting our progress at providing truly affordable housing to low income and unhoused citizens in the past seven years, starting with our flagship program Housing Now, followed by Harmony House, HUSH, CHAMP, Redwood Housing, Veterans House, and Mercy House, plus the planned Everhart Village, and our two support programs, the donated-furniture warehouse program and our food distribution program for residents.This is what a few determined and extremely compassionate citizens can achieve when people fall through the cracks then get lifted up.

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Residents from one of our Housing Now residences


We master-lease houses and apartments then sub-let to individuals & families, and provide social support and property management

One of the HUSH families playing at a playground


Hand Up Supportive Housing: Subsidized housing with social services for families through a state HEAP grant


A landlord-incentive program to help Camp Fire survivors secure affordable rental housing

Older man with a Benson 2.0 tshirt

Harmony House

For people with mental health issues who benefit from dedicated case management

Three emergency shelter units

Everhart Village

A planned sleeping-cabins project for clients of Butte County Behavioral Health


Redwood Housing

For college students, in collaboration with CSU-Chico and Butte College

Board member Bob Trausch and former board member Bill Kurnizki at the doorway for the Veterans House

Veterans House

For homeless or

at-risk veterans

Three women and a dog who are residents of our first Mercy House

Mercy Houses

For homeless folks with serious medical conditions

All the news that's fit to link!
News from Chico, Butte County, and California

The CHAT Blog
CHAT in the community

7/27/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
Chico adds pre-approved two-story ADU to list of free building plans

7/18/2022, North State Public Radio
Tiny homes for Chico’s unhoused

7/14/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
CHAT breaks ground on Everhart Village

7/8/2022, Scripps News Agency:
How natural disasters, home prices lead to homelessness

7/7/2022, Action News Now:
The Torres Shelter looks to continue high success of moving people out of homelessness

7/7/2022, Chico News & Review:
Editor’s note: Reflecting ahead: Council majority shows blind spot for long-term implications

7/6/2022, KRCR-TV:
Chico homeless shelter likely to hit max capacity as city creates fund to pay for it

7/6/2022, Chico ER:
Pallet Shelters are filling up

7/6/2022, Chico ER:
Everhart Village shelter site to break ground

7/6/2022, Action News Now:
Chico sets up new fund to improve quality of life at homeless shelters

6/28/2022, Chico ER:
Campers, advocates look forward to Pallet Shelter assessments

6/25/2022, Chico ER:
Chico’s housing site reaches 2 months of operation

6/16/2022, Chico ER
Letter: Voting for people instead of parties

6/16/2022, KRCR-TV
Former retirement facility in Paradise repurposed into multi-family apartments

6/15/2022, Chico ER
Butte County makes progress towards lost housing

6/14/2022, New York Times
The long emergency of homelessness

6/13/2022, Butte County Continuum of Care (COC)
Point in Time Count 2022 Report

6/13/2022, Chico Planning Commission

Staff report on the housing element

6/9/2022, San Francisco Chronicle:
The YIGBYs are back: Push to let churches build affordable housing on their land revived in California

6/8/2022, Chico ER:
Chico council narrows down homeless campsite options

6/8/2022, KCRA:
County leaders approve first tiny home site in south Sacramento

6/7/2022, US Interagency Council on Homelessness:
What other cities can learn from Boston’s public health approach to homelessness

6/6/2022, KLCC/NPR
As Everyone Village grows, so does hope

6/1/2022, Chico ER:

Chico toils with trailers as it plans next enforcement area

Board members Bob Trausch, Alan Mittman, Charles Withuhn, and Leslie Johnson work on finding another property for a CHAT house.