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​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

What CHAT Does

​Chico Housing Action Team's mission is to ensure that everyone in our community has access to housing they can afford. We have five major programs to help fulfill this mission:

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: 

  • 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

  • our Harmony House and Wildflower House residences 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.

Food distribution program

We take in food donations from local businesses and food banks, sort them, bag them, and deliver them to most of our residences. This program is completely volunteer-run.

Furniture program

We take 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 - opening fall 2022

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.



8/19/2022: Beautiful stories in
"Changing Lives: Testimonials from CHAT residents"

This brilliant new video interweaves interviews with six CHAT households: Bridgett Cooper, Maggie Morris, Martha Silva, James Culter and his family, Benson Benson, and Poney, Teri, and Jaydon Green. Each of these individuals or families became homeless in a different way, but many of them experienced abusive relationships, had mental and physical healthcare issues, and had no other resources to draw on. All of these folks have had a significant increase in the quality of their lives since moving into a CHAT residence, due to having stable and safe housing and a network of staff and volunteers who want them to succeed.


for making these success stories possible!

VIDEO: The MANY Programs of CHAT

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 two support programs, the donated-furniture warehouse program and our food distribution program for residents. This is what a few determined and extremely compassionate citizens can achieve when people fall through the cracks, then get lifted up.

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All the news that's fit to link!
News from Chico, Butte County, and California

9/1/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
VFW donation houses local veterans

8/31/2022, Chico News and Review:
Best of Chico: Community

8/16/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
Paradise nonprofit seeks public input on mixed-use housing, business project

8/12/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
Applications open for affordable housing in Chico

8/8/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
“What works, what doesn’t’ Town hall explores mental health wellness recovery

8/7/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
Torres Shelter continues transforming - and serving

7/31/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
A situation no town will ever “solve”

7/31/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
We’re all people, and facts are still facts

7/31/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
A BETTER PLACE: Chico sees success for some at Pallet Shelter, but homelessness persists

7/31/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
Safe Space: a shelter for all seasons -- and people

7/27/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
Chico adds pre-approved two-story ADU to list of free building plans

7/18/2022, North State Public Radio:
Tiny homes for Chico’s unhoused

7/14/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:
CHAT breaks ground on Everhart Village

7/8/2022, Scripps News Agency:
How natural disasters, home prices lead to homelessness

7/7/2022, Action News Now:
The Torres Shelter looks to continue high success of moving people out of homelessness

7/7/2022, Chico News & Review:
Editor’s note: Reflecting ahead: Council majority shows blind spot for long-term implications

7/6/2022, KRCR-TV:
Chico homeless shelter likely to hit max capacity as city creates fund to pay for it

7/6/2022, Chico ER:
Pallet Shelters are filling up

7/6/2022, Chico ER:
Everhart Village shelter site to break ground

7/6/2022, Action News Now:

Chico sets up new fund to improve quality of life at homeless shelters

The CHAT Blog
CHAT in the community

Board members Bob Trausch, Alan Mittman, Charles Withuhn, and Leslie Johnson work on finding another property for a CHAT house.