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CHAT News Videos come out every few weeks and are created by the dynamic team at Respectful Revolution. If you enjoy these videos, please share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or email!

​DREAMS OF TINY HOUSE VILLAGES!

CHAT is working on finding land for a tiny house village in Chico

like these two ground-breaking villages in Eugene, Oregon

2/13/2019. Running Time: 19:22

EMERALD VILLAGE, EUGENE, OR: A Dream of An Affordable Tiny House Community

Meet residents, neighbors and Pastor Dan Bryant, the driving force behind Emerald Village in Eugene, OR - the gold standard of tiny house villages for the formerly unhoused.

2/02/2019. Running Time: 7:48

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE IN EUGENE, OR: Tiny Houses as Homeless Shelters

Resident Michael Roberts takes us on a tour of Opportunity Village - a “housing now” concept-based transitional tiny house village.

A series of CHAT News Videos: 

5/05/2020. Running Time: 6:37

CHAT News: Spring 2020 Update

CHAT, the beloved Chico Housing Action Team, has been housing people who lost everything, since 2013. However a monkey wrench was thrown into one of their most promising projects: "Simplicity Village". A village of 33 sleeping cabins as temporary shelters had been approved by the City of Chico, CA. But opposition to the village escalated into a lawsuit that CHAT decided not to spend its budget on. Despite a signed lease and many donations to make the village happen, Simplicity Village has been canned for now. But what's happening with CHAT in general? How are they helping still people who want to get off the street? Here's what Bob Trausch, CHAT's co-founder has to say. Get ready to be wowed by what sheer determination can achieve. WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY.

2/20/2020. Running Time: 5:37

Anyone Can Become Homeless: the Scary, Ultimately Happy Journey of a Nurse in Oroville, CA

Pretty much everyone loves THANKSGIVING: families coming together, the amazing food, the atmosphere of gratefulness while reconnecting... However for some, being able to come together, enjoy a great meal and express gratitude takes on an all new meaning. In this sweet video, meet many of the grateful residents of CHAT's amazing HOUSING NOW program, people like us all but who also happened to have lost everything for the broadest set of reasons (accident, illness, family betrayal, loss of a job, addiction...). And see why CHAT volunteers do what they do, bringing Love, safety and a new lease on life to some of Chico, CA's residents who need it the most.

1/27/2020. Running Time: 6:02

The Haven of Hope on Wheels Project in Oroville, CA - Short Version

This is the 6 minute, abbreviated version of our previous documentary about the fantastic project that a Pastor and his modest but generous congregation started in Oroville, CA: Haven of Hope on Wheels. The project aims to provide free showers and laundry service to people who find themselves on the street in the town of Oroville, capital city of the poorest county in California: Butte. See what pure faith in Humanity, kindness and generosity have been able to achieve and what more can be achieved as a first step towards alleviating the abysmal misery of homelessness.

1/09/2020. Running Time: 3:55

CHAT Portraits: Turning Around the Life of a Homeless Handicapped Person on Disability with Affordable Housing

Premiered at our big 2020 NEW YEAR's "Respectful Revolution House & Film Fest Party" (look for our post on Facebook for details), here is our 4th portrait of a person currently housed by CHAT - Chico Housing Action Team. "HOUSING NOW" is one of their incredible programs and it's now providing permanent housing to about 150 previously homeless people in Chico, CA (and more every month). Where are they living in Chico? No-one really knows because these people are not some sort of cliche of "meth-head zombies" roaming the street to pee on people's properties and shout invective at passers-by (such people exist too and need specific help). These are normal people like you and me (a few with their own challenges) who had bad luck and are finding it impossible to meet the absurdly high cost of mainstream consumer housing. Today, meet a sweet and charming musician, Dennis Bryan, who had a terrible accident in 2013 that wrecked his life. Quite literally broken to the core, his life was going from bad to worse until he met Bob Trausch & Leslie Johnson, co-founders of CHAT. ENJOY his story, and his music.

12/05/2019. Running Time: 5:15

CHAT News, Ep. 17: Giving Thanks for a Roof At Last

Pretty much everyone loves THANKSGIVING: families coming together, the amazing food, the atmosphere of gratefulness while reconnecting... However for some, being able to come together, enjoy a great meal and express gratitude takes on an all new meaning. In this sweet video, meet many of the grateful residents of CHAT's amazing HOUSING NOW program, people like us all but who also happened to have lost everything for the broadest set of reasons (accident, illness, family betrayal, loss of a job, addiction...). And see why CHAT volunteers do what they do, bringing Love, safety and a new lease on life to some of Chico, CA's residents who need it the most.

11/14/2019. Running Time: 5:38

CHAT Portraits: Kevin Stone: Housing a Traumatized Homeless Veteran-turned-Musician in Chico, CA

Let's open this ThanksGiving Week with a MUSICAL SHOW OF GRATITUDE. As Respectful Revolution's 3rd Portrait with CHAT (Chico Housing Action Team), meet Kevin Stone. A musician and a veteran from the Navy, Kevin developed mental health issues after traumatizing experiences he suffered during his time in the military. The benefits he collects now aren't enough to cover the high cost of housing in Chico and he was about to become homeless after the Stairways Program shut down. Luckily he came across local affordable housing heroes in Chico, CA: CHAT (Chico Housing Action Team). See what he has to say, and listen to his Blues...

11/14/2019. Running Time: 5:38

CHAT Portraits: The Harwood Brothers

WIth our 2nd CHAT (Chico Housing Action Team) video portraits of people who are or have been on the street, meet the HARWOOD BROTHERS and their family. The gentle pair might not have got the best hand in life to begin with, but they fell on serious ill luck before bouncing back thanks to CHAT's HOUSING NOW program in Chico, CA. With a house, jobs and money in the pocket, their prospect is now totally different. As Donald Harwood states: "if some higher-ups got to spend time on the street, maybe they'll get a better understanding of how terrible homelessness is."

11/7/2019. Running Time: 7:53

CHAT Portraits: Heidi, Victim of the Streets

RR is starting a new series featuring a mix of persons from Chico, CA and elsewhere, persons who have been housed or at still on the street. We want to show a variety of homelessness cases with the intention of replacing cliches with HUMAN FACES, of debunking prejudice-rooted misconceptions drummed up by people who fear or hate "the homeless" and paint them as dangerous drug-addicted criminals who choose to live on the street to cheat the system. We're starting today with the interview of a woman we met in a park South of Chico a few months ago. We had used snippets of her interview for a couple of videos already but we felt that she had so much more to say. And Hedi is extremely compelling. Leaving a person like her on the street in constant danger is beyond unacceptable.

10/28/2019, Running Time: 18:34

CHAT News Episode 16:

Haven of Hope on Wheels

Remember that camping trip when you couldn't wash yourself for three days? Now imagine yourself without the ability to wash yourself for... indefinitely into the future, without the ability to wash and change clothes... after spending a miserable night in the cold and at constant risk of being attacked and/or robbed? A compassionate man in Oroville, CA Pastor Kevin Thompson came upon this cruel reality one day and couldn't go on without doing something about it. With help from his wife Deborah, his family and his congregation, he went to task and here's what they came up with.

10/4/2019. Running Time: 9:29

CHAT News Ep. 15:

Tiny House Village for Homeless Seniors Gets the Vote With Passion, Information, and a Little Song

 "IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW SIMPLICITY VILLAGE WILL GO - PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART !". That's the advice of Anna Meehan, one of the multitude of concerned Chico citizens who, on September 24, 2019 spoke out against the appeal of the Simplicity Village.

8/15/2019, Running Time: 7:00

CHAT News Ep. 14: 

Is a Tiny House Village for the Homeless a Magnet for Transients?

The cliche CHAT goes after today is the fear-based notion that if you offer some sort of housing to people who have none, it will attract "HORDES OF ZOMBIE-LIKE HOMELESS" that will overtake your town.   Has CHAT's "HOUSING NOW" program attracted transients in the neighborhoods where its houses are located? What do neighbors think about VILLAGES FOR THE UNHOUSED that are already in operation elsewhere?

8/07/2019, Running Time: 10:13

CHAT News, Ep. 13: Battle of the Planning Commission of Chico, CA Over Tiny House Village for the Homeless

On August 1st, 2019 the Chico Planning Commission hears the appeal arguments from Rob Berry and Frank Solinsky, potentially derailing the Simplicity Village project.

7/27/2019. Running Time: 3:23

CHAT News, Ep. 12:

Chico Citizens Rally In Support of Tiny House Village

A CALL TO ACTION. Approved by the Chico City Council, CHAT’s tiny house "Simplicity Village" project has been challenged by a small but persistent NIMBY resident group ("Not In My Back Yard"). See what many local folks think about the idea of housing homeless seniors in a tiny house village.

6/06/2019, Running Time: 3:46

CHAT News, Ep. 11:

A Dream of a Tiny House Village

This is an abbreviated, 3-minute version of our EMERALD VILLAGE video that has already passed a quarter million views on YouTube in just over a month. This story is packed with the most convincing arguments in favor of providing affordable housing to people whose luck took a turn for the worse, more often than not for no fault of their own.

7/09/2019, Running Time: 3:51

CHAT News, Ep. 10:

Despite Successful Fundraising, Tiny House Village Faces Obstacles Yet Again.

With a fundraising campaign that ended up exceeding initial expectations by over 50%, and a little Fourth of July gathering to celebrate, the members of CHAT are feeling exceedingly grateful. But a battle to build the little village for homeless seniors looms.

6/27/2019, Running Time: 3:10

CHAT News, Ep. 9: Fundraising for a Tiny House Village for Homeless Seniors in Chico CA

CHAT NEWS #9 came out as the GoFundMe campaign launched by the Chico Housing Action Team for its future Simplicity Village was nearing completion. Gary Lee walks us through the plan.

6/06/2019, Running Time: 3:08

CHAT News, Ep. 8:

A New House For A Homeless CampFire Family

Under the "right" wrong circumstances, ANYONE could end up homeless, meaning "deprived of a home" and having to wonder, as night falls, where they're going to be able to sleep. With wildfires multiplying it doesn't take much imagination to envision what could happen to... US! And in an environment where housing prices skyrocket the most humble, at-risk citizens are much more likely to fall off the social and economic bandwagon. This is exactly what happened recently to Jessica and her family.

6/11/2019
Running Time: 5:19

CHAT News, Episode 6:

Raising Money for a Tiny House Village for the Homeless in Chico CA

In this 6th episode of "CHAT NEWS" we take you along on a roller coaster of beauty & generosity during one recent fun(d)raiser event for CHAT and its Simplicity Village project: a concert donated by the mesmerizing "Doin' It Justice Chorus" in Chico.

6/06/2019
Running Time: 4:24

A Tiny House Village As Affordable Housing in Chico-Paradise

Featuring Bob Trausch, Gary Lee, Scott Huber, Pat Conroy, and the Aretha Franklin fundraiser.

5/10/2019. Running Time: 3:16

CHAT News, Episode 4:

What's Next With Simplicity Village

In Respectful Revolution's next episode of CHAT NEWS, both CHAT's Founding Member Bob Trausch and Randall Stone, the current Mayor of Chico, CA talk to us about the current housing crisis in the Camp Fire impacted area of Chico.  Featuring the CHAT booth at the 2019 Endangered Species Faire in Bidwell Park.

4/08/2019. Running Time: 2:18

CHAT News, Ep. 1: Housing the Unhoused in Chico, CA

Meet CHAT!

5/08/2019. Running Time: 3:08

CHAT News, Episode 3:

Tiny Houses, A Solution That Works

How to house people who can't afford the cost of housing that keeps spiraling up when their own incomes keep spiraling down...? Back in Chico, CA, Bob Trausch from C.H.A.T. (Chico Housing Action Team) shows us a property the organization just acquired to build a village for homeless seniors and takes us on an accelerated tour of tiny house villages in the Pacific Northwest.

1/03/2019. Running Time: 11:54

Voting on a Low-Income Tiny House Village in Chico, CA

Oh, that happy day when Simplicity Village was initially given the green light by the Chico City Council.

6/17/2019, Running Time: 5:16

CHAT News, Ep. 7:

Do Tiny Villages Work To End Homelessness? LIHI's True Hope Village in Seattle

Are you curious to see what a successful tiny house village for the homeless looks like?  Here's one terrific example: "TRUE HOPE VILLAGE" in Seattle, WA. It is managed by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI - pronounced "lee-high") that has been providing affordable housing throughout the Puget Sound for over 20 years.

5/28/2019
Running Time:  2:19

CHAT News, Episode 5:

Why Is It Cheaper to House the Homeless?

In Episode 5 of Respectful Revolution's CHAT NEWS series, Chico CA Mayor Randall Stone and CHAT Funding Member Robert Trausch explain why it is strikingly cheaper to provide housing to people who've ended up on the street than to leave them there, which of course is also morally unacceptable. We are better than that now and CHAT is leading the charge to put an end to homeless in Chico, CA.

4/26/2019. Running Time: 2:57

CHAT News, Episode 2: Homelessness is Really Several Dire Humanitarian Crises

Meet Heidi who's interviewed here. Using a single word like "homeless" to describe a myriad of people forced to live on the street prevents the mainstream both from understanding what's really happening and from finding effective, tailored solutions to multiple crises. Heidi helps us understand that.

12/17/2018. Running Time: 9:56

Housing a Homeless Family Permanently - Betsy the Wonder Bus in Ashland, OR

Meet Julie Akins, a woman with a BIG DREAM and an even bigger heart. Julie thought that perhaps there was one solution in matching tens of thousands of solid decommissioned school buses throughout America with a growing segment of our population that just can't afford the rising cost of housing. She started with one bus and one sweet family of five.

12/01/2018. Running Time: 8:02

Hope Village in Medford, OR - A Transitional Tiny-House Village for the Homeless

Tiny houses as a transitional housing solution to homelessness is an idea that's most definitely catching on all around the U.S.. HOPE VILLAGE in Medford, OR is an impressive example of this, combining cute little houses and comfortable amenities with a program of social and professional re-integration that's entirely run by a charitable organization called Rogue Retreat.

11/16/2018. Running Time: 2:52

Tiny House Build-Off in Chico, CA: Building Tiny Shelters in 12 Hours

Featuring interviews from City Councilman Scott Huber and some of Chico’s finest builders, CHAT hosts its first-ever Tiny House Build-Off.

9/02/2018
Running Time: 1:22

A Tiny Big Solution to Housing Affordability in Chico, Ep. 9

CHAT board member Charles Withuhn explains why he is ALWAYS at the Saturday Farmers Market! Includes a call to action for the public to come to an upcoming city council meeting where Simplicity Village hopes to be moved forward.

8/28/2018
Running Time: 1:23

A Tiny Big Solution to Housing Affordability in Chico, Ep. 8

Meet Courtney Busch, a Chico State student and member of the CSU Tiny House Club!  Courtney explains why tiny houses make sense to her.

8/20/2018
Running Time: 1:18

A Tiny Big Solution to Housing Affordability in Chico, Ep. 6

Megan recounts having to sleep in her car when plans to stay with friends fall through. 

8/17/2018
Running Time: 1:14

A Tiny Big Solution to Housing Affordability in Chico, Ep. 5

A quick introduction to CHAT and what they do.  *Episode 5 is hosted by former Housing Director Sarah Thomas.

9/20/2018. Running Time: 4:08

A Tiny Big Solution to Housing Affordability in Chico, Ep. 10

What do members of their community think about CHAT and about the concept of its new "Simplicity Village" project...? Respectful Revolution asked some folks at CHAT’s “Moondance” fundraiser...featuring music from Chris Schadt, and others.

8/22/2018
Running Time: 1:41

A Tiny Big Solution to Housing Affordability in Chico, Ep. 7

Former CHAT Housing Director Sarah Thomas explains that Simplicity Village is being modeled after existing villages that work, and that it is a project that will be managed.

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