A program to help campfire survivors secure stable housing
CHAMP helps Camp Fire survivors get into housing they can afford
Our CHAMP programs makes it easier for Camp Fire survivors to get into stable and affordable housing by offering incentives to landlords to lease their properties to Camp Fire survivors, including:
a cash incentive signing bonus of $500 for the landlord
a $4000 fund for damage reimbursement
case management and mediation services for the first year of renting.
We can also help tenants who are seeking their own housing and who can pay rent but need additional assistance to rent their own place, and we may be able to offer financial assistance with a security deposit and rental application fees.
As of Feb 2022, we've helped over 100 households get into residences through this program!
If you lost your housing in the CampFire and are seeking rental housing, we invite you to apply.
You can apply online or with a printed application form. You do not need to apply both ways, either way will get you into our system.
or print out our CHAMP application form, fill it out, and mail it to our office: CHAT, P.O. Box 4868, Chico, CA 95927.
For more information, or if you would like to lease a rental to a Camp Fire survivor who needs housing, please call our CHAMP program coordinator at 530-399-3962.
This program is funded by grants from the California Community Foundation, the Butte Strong Fund from North Valley Community Foundation, Global Giving, and the United Way of Northern California.
News for Property Owners:
4/7/2020: On April 6th 2020, the Judicial Council, the policy-making body of the California Courts, adopted an emergency court rule that effectively stops all evictions, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Click here for a summary article from the Western Center on Law and Poverty,
1/4/2020: Assembly Bill 1482 went into effect on January 1, 2020. This new law caps annual rent increases in California at 5% plus Consumer Price Index and requires landlords to have "just cause" in order to evict tenants. Click here for more information on the California "Rent Cap & Just Cause."