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.
Hand Up Supportive Housing, where we rent homes to families and provide access to services
Feb. 6th, 2020: Update on Simplicity Village
The current status for Simplicity Village is that it is on hold while the attorneys are in negotiations regarding the lawsuit. We're very hopeful it will get resolved within the next few months. One way or another we expect to make progress on a tiny home village this year. We very much appreciate the continued support from the community.
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.
There is not enough affordable housing in Chico or Butte County for everyone who needs it. We have many applicants that we don't have space for. Unhoused seniors in Chico especially face difficulty finding affordable housing on extremely limited incomes.
CHAT is creating solutions by:
acting as property manager for rentals throughout Chico and providing free maintenance
providing rentals to low-income residents at no more than 30% of their income
providing supportive services from skilled social workers for residents who need them and connecting residents to other local service agencies
getting funding from grassroots donations and from grants from corporations, foundations, and public agencies
NEWS ARTICLES AND THE CHAT BLOG
Articles About CHAT, Housing & Homelessness in Butte County and California, and Tiny Homes for the Unhoused
2/13/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record
1/29/2020 - Scoop.me
1/14/2020 - San Francisco Chronicle
1/13/2020 - Sacramento Bee
1/08/2020 - Politico.com
1/04/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record
1/02/2020 - Chico News and Review
12/14/2019 - KOMO News
12/05/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record
12/05/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record
11/29/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record
11/28/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record
11/26/2019 - The California Aggie
December 2019 - Harper's Magazine
11/13/2019 - Chico Enterprise-Record
11/11/2019 - People Magazine
11/08/2019 - Patch.com/Healdsburg
11/08/2019 - Huffington P0st
11/06/2019 - Bloomberg.com