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.

We make housing affordable to low-income individuals through master-leasing multi-bedroom homes then sub-leasing the rooms or homes and providing the security deposit and property maintenance.

We are constantly looking for more ways to create housing for low-income individuals, but the need for low-cost housing in Chico and Butte County continues to exceed availability. Our waiting list for Housing Now is over 200 people and we receive requests for housing daily that we cannot meet.


But with your help, more people in need in Chico can get into housing they can afford!

Donate today, or volunteer with us!

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What CHAT Does:

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.

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


We're happy to announce that 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

April 2021: We're delighted to announce our "Many Programs of CHAT" video. 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 support programs for residents with our donated-furniture warehouse program and our food distribution program. This is what a few determined and extremely compassionate citizens can achieve when people fall through the cracks then get lifted up.




We master-lease houses and apartments from property owners then sub-let to individuals & families, along with providing social support


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

Harmony House

For people with mental health issues and who would benefit from special hands-on case management


Everhart Village

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

Redwood Housing

For homeless college students, in collaboration with CSU-Chico and Butte College


Veterans House

For homeless or at-risk veterans


Mercy House

For homeless folks with serious medical conditions

In The News

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

The CHAT Blog

News fresh off the grill!

Three of our board members: Bob Trausch, Alan Mittman, and Charles Withuhn, and Executive Director Leslie Johnson, working on finding another property.