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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.


What CHAT Does:

We master-lease multi-bedroom homes, then sub-lease the rooms to individuals or lease entire homes to families, all at market rates. We also provide the property maintenance, volunteers who provide emotional and life-skills support, and case managers who help provide access to services.


For CampFire and North Complex Fire survivors, we have a special program called CHAMP that provides landlord incentives to rent to fire survivors who may not have the credit or income to rent from traditional landlords.


We help create the stability that people need to make progress in their lives!

Kristen and daughter at Caper Acres in Chico

CHAT resident Kristen and her young daughter enjoying a Chico park

If you need help with finding housing or want to apply for CHAT housing,

see our Apply for Housing with CHAT page, and don't forget to call 211.

If you know of a residence we might be able to lease or if you know of some land for purchase, email us at

​ If you'd like to be a part of helping move people from homelessness into housing:

Donate today, discover other ways to give, or volunteer with us!

April 2021: CHAT Signs Contract with Butte County for Everhart Village!

CHAT Executive Director Leslie Johnson sitting with Don Taylor and signing contract

In early April 2021, CHAT signed the contract for Everhart Village with the County of Butte Departments of Behavioral Health and Employment & Social Services. Seen here are CHAT Executive Director Leslie Johnson with Don Taylor, the County of Butte Housing and Homelessness Administrator. This tiny-home emergency shelter project will be exclusively for Behavioral Health clients who are un-sheltered and struggling to keep up with appointments and treatment plans. We hope to be able to open Everhart Village by late 2021. Read the full announcement here.


Stories about CHAT Residents and homelessness in Chico

The Seven Progams 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.

More CHAT videos


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

Front door to one a house rented by a CHAMP client


A landlord-incentive program to help Camp Fire survivors secure afordable 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

Get Yer Links Here!

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

1/01/2022 - Forbes
How the US Criminalizes Homelessness

12/30/2021 - NPR All Things Considered

How evictions impact tenants far beyond scrambling to find housing

12/28/2021 - PBS NewsHour
What's behind rising homelessness in America?

11/26/2021 - Orange County Register
City of Costa Mesa ready to chip in $3.5 million to turn 2 motels into housing for homeless folks

11/16/2021 - Honolulu Civil Beat
Are tiny homes the answer to homelessness? Hawaii is giving them a try

11/15/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Affordable housing problem taking its toll on students working hard at higher education

11/03/2021 - KALW Public Radio
Tiny home village to open near Oakland's Lake Merritt

11/03/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Local group files to intervene in homeless lawsuit

10/07/2021 - Chico News & Reviw
Best of Chico: Community - CHAT wins "Best Charitable Cause"

10/07/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
CHAT Holds Public Forum for Everhart Village

9/20/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
No Fines for Sean Morgan For Discussing Settlement on Radio

9/17/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Gavin Newsom Abolishes Single Family Home Only Zoning in California

9/14/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Teen Arrested in Connection With Teichert Ponds Killing

9/09/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Vigil Held Following Death at Teichert Ponds

9/04/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
One Killed in Early Saturday Morning Shooting at Teichert Ponds

8/24/2021 - Action News Now
Chico Mayor Talks Plans to Clean Up Parks, Get Homeless into Shelters

8/24/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Nonprofit Demonstrates Temporary Homeless Shelters


The CHAT Blog

News fresh off the grill!

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