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.


As of Feb 2021 we're housing over 170 people

at almost 60 locations throughout Chico!

The need for low-cost housing in Chico and Butte County continues to exceed availability and we receive requests for housing almost daily that we cannot meet. With your help, more people in need in Chico can get into housing they can afford!

Donate today or volunteer with us.

Tiny homes are coming to Chico!


As of July 2020 we are developing a tiny-home emergency shelter project, dubbed "Everhart Villlage", in conjunction with the County of Butte Departments of Behavioral Health and Employment & Social Services, 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 early 2021.

See the full announcement here.

How CHAT Works

Photo: CHAT resident Kristen and her young daughter enjoying a Chico park

  • We master-lease rentals then sub-lease to low-income residents at rents they can afford.

  • We provide case managers and access to supportive services, community resources, and mentoring.

  • We provide maintenance for all properties we rent out to keep them in excellent condition.

  • We develop plans for alternative housing projects and advocate to the community for the need for low-income housing.

  • To fund our work, we get grassroots donations and grants from civic organizations, other non-profits, foundations, and public agencies.

What CHAT's Work Means for Chico

CHAT is a true example of a volunteer-powered organization...Some awesome people - quite a few of them - volunteer to make the Chico Housing Action Team the incredible non-profit that they've become. If you're interested in volunteering and helping us address the homelessness crisis in Chico, please go to the "Volunteer" tab on our website for more information. And thank you!




  • We master-lease houses and apartments from property owners then sub-let to individuals & families

  • We provide support with food deliveries, assist with transportation, connections with service providers


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


A grant-funded program to incentivize landlords and help Camp Fire survivors with up-front costs for rental housing

Redwood Housing

Working with Chico State University to find affordable housing for CSU students


Everhart Village

A plan for a tiny home emergency-shelter village for Dept of Behavioral Health clients

In The News

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

2/05/2021 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Chico Housing Market Opens 2021 With Tight Outlook
1/06/2021 - Community Solutions
Bakersfield and Kern County, California: A Functional Zero Case Study
1/03/2021 - Chico Enterprise Record
In a Housing Crisis, Service Providers Struggle to Find Property
11/17/2020 - Chico State Today
CSU, Chico Basic Needs Receives $870,000 Grant, Addresses Student Homelessness (mentions CHAT's student housing program)
11/15/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Why Land and building Costs Cripple a Diagnosed Housing Shortage Crisis
11/14/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Beating the Odds By Escaping Homelessness and Finding Family (article about CHAT's housing program and successes)
11/10/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record
'It Changes Everything': CHAT Sees Great Needs For Housing, Basic Needs Items After Fires (article about CHAT's food and warehouse programs)
10/23/2020 - San Jose Spotlight
At New San Jose Shelter, Newsom Announces $200 Million More For Homeless Housing
8/17/2020 - KCRA-3 Sacramento

Sacramento's $62 Million Plan to Reduce Homelessness

8/13/2020 - East Bay Times

Santa Clara County Unveils Bold Plan to End Homelessness

8/09/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Suzi Kochems Takes On Role of Chico Homeless Solutions Coordinator

7/23/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County Emergency Homeless Shelter Village Officially Moves Forward in Chico

7/13/2020 - ABC-10 Sacramento

Sacramento to Fund Tiny Homes for Self-Governing Homeless Sites

6/18/2020 - Los Angeles Times

Under Pressure, LA Agrees to Provide 6000 New Beds to Clear Homeless Camps Under Freeways

6/17/2020 - Reasons To Be Cheerful

Seattle's Tiny Houses Keep the Virus Out


The CHAT Blog

What We're Up To Now!

Nearly every day another Chico resident finds housing through CHAT.



CHAT is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law.
EIN: 46-5487014
Email us about housing programs or tech support issues:
Phone: 530-520-6412
Se habla español.
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 4868
Chico, CA 95927
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