Not too long ago, a listing of “housing choices” for homeless folks circulated on social media. Chico Housing Motion Workforce (CHAT) is, wrongly, on this record.
There appears to be a misunderstanding concerning the CHAT packages. Shelters are crucial and in determined want in Chico, however CHAT is specializing in extra everlasting lodging. and CHAT at the moment has no emergency lodging program.
As a member of the CHAT board of administrators, I can attest that the 180 folks for whom CHAT at the moment offers housing are everlasting residents who pay lease, stay of their home full time and in any other case stay in a rented home like anybody else. The distinction is that they obtain supportive companies from case managers, friendship and encouragement from volunteers, referrals on abilities to remain housed, and lease primarily based on their means to pay. . live jasmin at the moment has a backlog of 216 purposes from homeless folks in search of housing.
Everhart Village will present emergency shelter in small houses to roughly 20 behavioral well being shoppers in Butte County. Behavioral Well being will refer shoppers to the village and supply them with psychological well being companies. CHAT will construct the village, keep it and supply assist companies. Nonetheless, there’s a variety of infrastructure work that must be finished earlier than the positioning is occupied. Ideally, shoppers ought to transfer in by December 2021.
Briefly, CHAT mustn’t have been listed as a direct lodging choice for unhoused campers who have been tragically evicted with no place to go.
– Nancy Park, Chico