CHICO HOUSING ACTION TEAM

July 21st, 2020: A STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF BLACK LIVES MATTER FROM CHAT ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LESLIE JOHNSON

We at Chico Housing Action Team stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and support the movement’s ongoing efforts to end police brutality against African Americans, and all forms of racism in America.

FULL STATEMENT HERE

CHICO HOUSING ACTION TEAM

From Homelessness to Housing: Making a Difference In Chico Since 2013

As of August 2020 we're housing almost 160 people at 60 locations throughout Chico!

CHAT's mission is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to housing they can afford. But the need for low-cost housing in Chico and Butte County continues to exceed availability as we receive requests for housing almost daily that we cannot meet. With your help more people in need in Chico can get housed! Find ways to donate, or volunteer with us.

July 2020: Tiny homes are coming to Chico! We are developing a tiny-home emergency shelter project, dubbed "Everhart Villlage", for County of Butte Dept of Behavioral Health clients who are un-sheltered and struggling to keep up with appointments and treatment plans. See full announcement here.

What We Do

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

  • We provide rental housing through master-leasing 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 with the goal that they are in as good or better condition than when we first start managing them.

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

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

Summer 2020 CHAT News Update: Our Amazing Lifeline Food Program!

June 26, 2020: CHAT's two-year-old food program delivers bags of donated food items to each of the 60 CHAT households, up from just 15 households when we first started this project. (Video by Respectful Revolution)

Chico's housing situation is in crisis.

Even before the Camp Fire and COVID-19, the rental vacancy rate in Chico was just over 1%. Now 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. 

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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).

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'S HOUSING PROGRAMS

HOUSING NOW

  • Our main program where we master-lease houses and apartments from property owners and sub-let to individuals and families

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

HUSH

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

CHAMP

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

Tiny Home Villages

An affordable and secure option for vulnerable people and seniors

Community, Solidarity & Housing: A Virtual Concert to Benefit CHAT
Sat, Sep 26
CHAT's Facebook page & CHAT's YouTube page
Sep 26, 7:00 PM
CHAT's Facebook page & CHAT's YouTube page
Over a dozen amazing musicians come together for a really fun video concert
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CHAT Masker-Aid Masked Ball - ON HOLD FOR NOW
This event is on hold for the time being.
Location is TBD
This event is on hold for the time being.
Location is TBD
Music, food, and a contest for the best decorated mask!
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In The News

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

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

5/26/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record
Despite Coronavirus, Some Find New Homes
 
5/12/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Let's Look At What's Already Working With Tiny Homes - Guest Commentary by CHAT Board Member Charles Withuhn

4/07/2020 - Action News Now

Torres Shelter Moves 40 Individuals Into Hotel Rooms Amid Coronavirus Crisis

4/07/2020 - Western Center on Law and Poverty

California Courts Issue Emergency Rules Halting Almost All Evictions in California

4/03/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Meet Joy Amaro, Chico 's New Homeless Solutions Coordinator During the Coronavirus Pandemic

3/17/2020 - San Francisco Chronicle

Coronoavirus and Homelessness: SF wants to house people in schools, churches

3/03/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Chico State Researchers Reveal Reality of Student Homelessness

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The CHAT Blog

What We're Up To Now!

Nearly every day another Chico resident finds housing through CHAT.

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CONTACT US

We are a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
EIN: 46-5487014
Email: info@chicohousingactionteam.net
Phone: 530-520-6412
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Mailing address:
CHAT
P.O. Box 4868
Chico, CA 95927
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