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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.


What CHAT Does:

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. We also provide property maintenance, volunteers who provide emotional and life-skills support, and housing support coordinators who connect residents with services and local resources.


This program includes residences for students in our Redwood Housing, veterans in our Veterans House, folks with serious chronic illness in our Mercy House, and folks with mental illness in our Wildflower House.

Click here to learn more about Housing Now


CHAMP program: For Camp Fire survivors, our CHAMP program provides landlord incentives to rent to fire survivors who may not have the credit or income to rent from traditional landlords.

Click here to learn more about CHAMP.

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.

Click here to learn more about our food program

Furniture warehouse 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. Many incoming residents to CHAT homes have little or no furniture or housewares and may need us to furnish the entire residence.

Click here to learn more about our furniture warehouse program


We help create the stability that people need to make progress in their lives!

Kristen and daughter at Caper Acres in Chico

CHAT resident Kristen and her young daughter enjoying a Chico park

March 2022: Work continues on
Everhart Village

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March 2022: Work continues on the sleeping cabins for Everhart Village, a planned emergency-shelter project in Chico in collaboration with Butte County's Dept of Behavioral Health (BCBH). We're upgrading the cabins to have electrical, insulation, plumbing, and fresh coats of paint in cheerful colors, while we're also working on getting approvals and permits for the construction of the road and utilities at the site.

Click here to read more about Everhart Village

Jan 2022: New Executive Director
Nicole Drummond


We are excited to announce that Chico Housing Action Team has hired a new Executive Director, Nicole Drummond. Up until now, Leslie Johnson has heroically served in the Executive Director role as a volunteer. Nicole’s hiring means Leslie can continue her amazing work in the role of Assistant Director and Board President.


Nicole has been helping vulnerable populations for more than 20 years. For over 15 years she was a director of a local early intervention agency. Parent Infant Programs is a vendor of Far Northern Regional Center that supports families who have a child either at risk or diagnosed with a developmental delay or disability.

Click here to read more about Nicole


Stories about CHAT Residents and homelessness in Chico

The Seven Progams 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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Residents from one of our Housing Now residences


We master-lease houses and apartments then sub-let to individuals & families, and provide social support and property management

One of the HUSH families playing at a playground


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

Front door to one a house rented by a CHAMP client


A landlord-incentive program to help Camp Fire survivors secure affordable rental housing

Older man with a Benson 2.0 tshirt

Harmony House

For people with mental health issues who benefit from dedicated case management

Three emergency shelter units

Everhart Village

A planned sleeping-cabins project for clients of Butte County Behavioral Health


Redwood Housing

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

Board member Bob Trausch and former board member Bill Kurnizki at the doorway for the Veterans House

Veterans House

For homeless or

at-risk veterans

Three women and a dog who are residents of our first Mercy House

Mercy Houses

For homeless folks with serious medical conditions

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

The CHAT Blog
CHAT in the community

5/19/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

Residents air grievances to council about specified homeless camps

5/19/2022, Action News Now:

Redding city council moves forward with micro-shelter site

5/18/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

Butte County point-in-time counts 1,006 people experiencing homelessness 

5/16/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

Health insurance can now help some Californians find housing

5/16/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

Women rebuilding the ridge: Habitat for Humanity hosts all-women crew

5/13/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

7-day warnings issued at homeless camps

5/13/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

Alternate campsites for homeless announced

5/13/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

Chico forecasts housing growth: 3,488 units needed through 2030

5/7/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

Butte County services begin at Chico’s housing site

4/30/2022, Washington Post: 

Sacramento debates new approaches to homeless problem

4/28/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record:

Chico’s housing site rules finalized - enforcement may begin when judge issues order Friday

4/28/2022, Chico Enterprise-Record: 

Chico shelter outreach, move-continues


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