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Volunteers paint sleeping cabins for Everhart Village, March 14 2022


​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

MARCH 2023

  • We have an amazing new "CHAT Portal" for supporters! You can create an account to donate, volunteer, and buy tickets for upcoming events, like Pancakes for CHAT. Check it out here.

  • Save the date for Pancakes with CHAT on Easter Sunday! We'll host the 2nd annual Pancakes with CHAT event on April 9th at the CARD Center, when their glorious rose garden will be in bloom. More details at our event listing!

  • Our office hours have changed! We're now open Monday-Friday, 9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm. We are gratefully accepting donated linens and housewares (see below) during our open office hours.

  • We would love your gently-used furniture and housewares, especially bed linens (full/twin). They can be dropped off at our office at 22 Williamsburg Lane in Chico, but please CALL FIRST (530-399-3965) to confirm someone will be there to accept your items. For all other items, please email with a picture and description of the item.

  • We no longer take direct applications for housing. If you or someone you know are homeless and in need of housing, we recommend you call 211 and ask to be entered into their Coordinated Entry System and assessed for a "vulnerability index" score. The Coordinated Entry System is a county-wide database that we and other nonprofits in the county draw on when we have vacancies.​


Always housing more people!

To celebrate the year in CHAT, we want to share this new video we've created: "CHAT: Always Housing More People!" Listen to what "SUPERBOB" (Trausch) has to say about what was accomplished in 2022 and what's slated to happen in 2023. The community that's formed around CHAT's mission - its donors, founders, board members, employees, volunteers, and community advocates - is working hard every day to help folks who were already on the street or at severe risk of becoming homeless. Thank you for your support this past year!

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,

  • Harmony House and Wildflower House for folks with mental illness.

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. 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.

Furniture program

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 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.


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CHAT board vice president and co-founder Bob Trausch, former board member Alan Mittman, board member Charles Withuhn, and board president and co-founder Leslie Johnson work on finding another property for a CHAT house.

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