We stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter.


Enough is enough.


From Homelessness to Housing

Making a Difference In Chico Since 2013

As of July 2020, we're housing over 150 people at 48 locations

throughout Chico!


The need for low-cost housing in Chico and Butte County continues to exceed availability. We receive requests for housing almost daily that we cannot meet.


With your help we could do so much more! Find ways to donate, or volunteer with us.

We are actively in search of property of an acre or more for our tiny homes village!

If you know of some available property in the Chico area please contact

our Executive Administrator Leslie Johnson at 530-518-9992.

CHAT's mission is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to housing they can afford.

What we do: 

  • We provide rental housing through master-leasing to low-income residents at no more than 30% of their income, via referrals from local shelters.

  • We provide residents with access to supportive services, community resources, and mentoring.

  • We provide maintenance for all properties we rent.

  • We develop plans for visionary alternative housing projects.

  • We are funded from grassroots donations and from grants from corporations, foundations, and public agencies.

Spring 2020 CHAT News Update Video!

May 5, 2020: CHAT co-founder and board member Bob Trausch talks our search for new land for our tiny homes village after the lawsuit that ended the project location at Notre Dame Blvd. Bob also talks about our latest program for CampFire survivors who need housing, and our new student housing program with Chico State University. (Video by Respectful Revolution)

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.



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

  • We provide supportive services like food deliveries, rides to doctors, connections with service providers


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


Campfire Housing Access Model Program - a grant-funded landlord incentive program to help Camp Fire survivors get into rental housing

Redwood Housing

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

Tiny Home Villages

Potentially the most affordable and most secure option for the most people in the least amount of time

CHAT Masker-Aid Masked Ball
Tentatively scheduled for Oct. 24, time TBD
Location is TBD
Tentatively scheduled for Oct. 24, time TBD
Location is TBD
Music, food, and a contest for the best decorated mask!

In The News


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

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

5/12/2020 - 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

2/27/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

New Affordable Housing Solutions Needed Quickly in Chico

2/24/2020 - Seattle Times

Olympia Made Homeless Camping Legal in One Parking. A Year Later, Did It Work?

2/22/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Free ADU Designs Available in Chico By Summer

2/18/2020 - The Stranger

Seattle City Council Votes to Allow Forty Transitional Encampments

2/13/2020 - Chico Enterprise-Record

Homeless Seniors Find Little Help Available

1/29/2020 - Scoop.me

Finland Ends Homelessness and Provides Shelter For All Who Need A Roof For Everyone


The CHAT Blog

What We're Up To Now!

CHAT folks are working every day to get people housed!


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