CHICO HOUSING ACTION TEAM
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.
CHAT resident Kristen and her young daughter enjoying a Chico park
NEWS AND CURRENT EVENTS
Chipotle & CHAT team up for fundraiser on December 7th! Can burritos build a shelter? Let's find out!
Sign up for a workday in December to work on the Everhart Village sleeping cabins!
We no longer take direct applications for housing. If you or someone you know are homeless and in need of housing, you should contact 211 and ask to be entered into their Coordinated Entry system, which we draw on when we have openings.
We have five major programs to help
fulfill our 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: the HUSH program for families in crisis that need a hand up; Redwood Housing for college students; Veterans Houses for veterans; Mercy House for folks with serious chronic illness, and our Harmony House and Wildflower House residences for folks with mental illness.
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. We've helped over a hundred Camp Fire survivor households get into housing they can afford.
Food distribution program
Every Saturday, our food program crew takes in food donations from local businesses and food banks, then sorts, bags, and delivers items to CHAT residences. This program is completely volunteer-run.
Our furniture warehouse program takes 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.
EVERHART VILLAGE - opening SPRING 2023
Everhart Village is a planned emergency-shelter project that is being developed in collaboration with Butte County Dept. of Behavioral Health. The project will consist of 20 sleeping cabins outiftted with electricity, plumbing, and insulation, on county property located within the city limits of Chico, near several essential service agencies. Residents will be clients of Butte County Behavioral Health and will be selected by that agency.
11/29/2022: What's happening at everhart village?
What's happening at Everhart Village? A lot of grading and digging! Construction crews are hard at work with grading the site and digging trenches for sewer and water lines. Our friends at Respectful Revolution made this fun video of the construction progress at Everhart Village this week for Giving Tuesday and we're delighted to share it with you. We are so excited about the construction making such great progress and can't wait til we can finally move the community center building in and the sleeping cabins. Stay tuned for more progress videos!
All the news that's fit to link!
News from Chico, Butte County, and California
Is a long-awaited California housing development destined to burn?
11/28/2022, Chico News and Review:
Shelter Storm: Structural barriers to homeownership have multigenerational impact
11/24/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
11/23/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
11/17/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
Campground for unhoused needs proper permits, city says
11/16/2022, Action News Now:
11/3/2022, Bay Area News Group:
Gov. Newsom calls out cities, holds back California homelessness funds
11/1/2022, Chico ER:
At long last, progress on actual housing solution | California Focus
11/1/2022, Chico ER:
CHIP completes first single-family home in Paradise
10/31/2022, Bay Area News Group:
Gov. Newsom’s spending to clear homeless encampments: what’s he done so far?
10/6/2022, Fresno Bee:
California homeless population grew by 22,000 over the pandemic
10/6/2022, Associated Press
Amid end to COVID help, homelessness surging in many cities
California homeless population crisis grew steady over pandemic
10/5/2022, League of Women Voters of Butte County
Recording of the community forum “Homelessness: From Crisis to Care”
The CHAT Blog
CHAT in the community
Board members Bob Trausch, Alan Mittman, Charles Withuhn, and Leslie Johnson work on finding another property for a CHAT house.