A city staff position to oversee issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity training for all city staff. De-escalation training for all police.
Lower the barriers for housing so that everyone has an opportunity for shelter and civility, adding in additional services and resources on case by case basis to help facilitate success. Low barriers would need to be centralized to other services and locations for optimal use and success rates. Harm reduction is very important and will allow for the domino effect of improvements that would be felt throughout the city.
Homeless housing, 24-hr restrooms, addiction support & mental health services and job opportunities would improve so many elements of this area. The housing first model has shown caring for the homeless is less expensive than the traditional model we follow, that obviously doesn't work.
The streets and community will be safer and more enjoyable for the rest of us when we compassionately treat our homeless- so we don't have to step over fecal matter in the street, and they don't smell like piss, and we don't have to worry that the mentally ill person is going to attack us because they have mistaken us for someone else. The economy of Chico will improve to as people feel more comfortable to be out and about enjoying their community, rather than hiding in their homes ordering from Amazon.
Treating the homeless right helps all of us.
Same idea I proposed 20 years ago. Bring back the trolley (historic cars). Build massive anchor parking lots at either end, and run it down the Esplanade, down First, curve along campus, and down Salem, cross through to Park, and build a large conference center there, continue down to the 20th Street corridor. That supports Enloe, downtown, the college, and brings tourism dollars which are cleaner than many dollars. It builds and brings infrastructure and would help bolster the Park Avenue Corridor. I would drop the convention center in the four block campus near the old Junk store and old FairView campus was, near the old Taylors. You would then revitalize large areas of town, and address traffic and parking while building back into our history.
It won't resolve the issue, but it could create a snowball effect that could give California the consumers and labor force we need. It's been proposed and enacted elsewhere. No cannabis drug test, no interview, just sign up and work for pay at the end of a shift. A hot meal means the world to a homeless person and people want to work. If they don't want to work, that's a mental health issue guaranteed. A common symptom of anhedonia is lack of desire to do anything, let alone work. Anhedonia is experienced by people with severe depression. Perhaps a requirement for the program is to participate in mental health services provided by behavioral health and maybe a bus pass so they can attend groups and counseling.
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The Center would be leased to local performing arts groups and would have a black box theatre for more intimate plays and a larger proscenium theatre for dance and larger work. It would also have classrooms for ongoing arts education classes taught by local dance and theatre educators.