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On November 17th, the Chico City Council should appropriate $350,000 for Safe Space Winter Shelter. This money will ensure that there is winter shelter available in the community. It will also provide 6 months of services, including case management and navigation/housing.

This is not only the most humane thing to do, it is also something that provides concrete benefits to the community, giving people a place to go other than the parks and waterways, and engaging them with service providers who can help them move out of homelessness.

Without this funding it is uncertain if there will be any shelter available for those living on our streets this winter. We know the incoming council has run on a platform of policing rather than evidence-based services, and they will likely continue their drive to criminalize homelessness.

This is the last meaningful thing the current council can hope to accomplish, and there is no excuse to leave people living on the streets when there is a plan for meaningful change.

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Ryan Schwab 5 months ago

1) This is an organization that has a plan, and the experience and the connections to make the plan work. 2) Compared to other ways of "addressing" this issue, this is a bargain! Mark Orme's plan is way more expensive, and accomplishes less. Policing is more expensive and accomplishes nothing but brutality. 3) How much is a human life worth? The freezing winter temperatures are deadly for people living without shelter. 4) Think about your legacy, council members. What have you accomplished this term that you can be proud of? How great would it be to be able to point to this project getting off the ground as something you contributed?

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Shannon Hester 5 months ago

While I strongly believe in a better plan long term to house all, year round, the winter is an immediate need. Our summer was filled with more destructive fire in the county leading to another increase in unhoused. The addition of a international pandemic to the situation means Safe Space cannot run the winter shelter as it always has, with so much local church support. Allocating these funds to the proven group (Safe Space) will secure continued support to folks in their most difficult times safely & warmly, this winter.

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Mary Kay Benson 5 months ago

For the past 2 Christmases, I volunteered at Safe Space - to let those with families have some time home. It is one of the simplest pleasures I have had, to just be human together. I can't believe how many years and under what trying conditions these humans are forced to live in here, while other conservative areas like Utah, solved the problem by giving housing. More progressive areas like Oregon are providing Conestoga huts. This is the last chance of this so-called more progressive city council to take the most basic humane act of compassion and grant the $350K needed to make it through this winter. Please do it - in the spirit of the upcoming season of giving, love & joy.

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Robin Indar 5 months ago

This is life-or-death important right now. It’s early November and we are already seeing here freezing temperatures at night. I was so pleased that the council majority passed warming tents in previous winters to keep people alive. Where are the warming tents now? In any case, please help solve this one major problem before the council is taken over by people who will solve nothing. 🙏🙏🙏

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JESSICA MACKENZIE 5 months ago

I have nothing new to add to this argument .... the realities are already so well expressed, and so well known, as are the consequences of inaction. Just make this happen. Make this winter one where you can say you did the right thing, cared for your brothers and sisters, showed compassion and -yes - fiscal prudence, all in one move.

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Cathryn Carkhuff 5 months ago

Safe Space Winter Shelter is a team of volunteers and professionals with the compassion, expertise and community networks to support and shelter 150 folks who are unhoused. They fill a necessary niche in our housing crisis that no other shelter fills. We have lost so many lives already - it couldn't be a more urgent time to support them and their programming. This investment will save people's lives and benefit our entire community.

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Alicia Trider 5 months ago

It is inhumane to let our fellow humans freeze and starve on the streets of our community, and it is this choice that our City Council is currently making by not doing anything to help the unhoused in Chico. I want the current City Council to appropriate funding at their next meeting on the 17th for Safe Space Winter Shelter, and ensure that organizations like Safe Space have a chance to house people in the coming winter months.

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Nancy Park 5 months ago

City Councilors - Please allocate money to Safe Space so they can use the old (and empty) social services building on Carmichael Drive as a winter shelter. It's a huge building and Safe Space estimates that 150 people can be sheltered there, using Covid safety protocols.

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silona reyman 5 months ago

I strongly urge the Council to support the Carmichael location for unsheltered people as we approach winter. This crisis warrants the allocation of money to prevent more human misery and deaths on the street.

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Rebecca Senoglu 5 months ago

No other viable solution has been offered. The problem this year will be worse than ever because of Bear Fire. Those working with the unsheltered know that the expense will fall to other public services including Enloe and Chico PD if we do not come up with shelter--and in the face of COVID-19, Enloe does not need to be dealing with our unsheltered folk. Do the right thing, do the necessary thing, please fund and support Safe Space at the Carmichael location for 6 months!

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Beth Petta 5 months ago

As a concerned resident of Chico I urge the City Council to allocate the funds to help run Safe Space this winter. I have volunteered with this organization for several years and they are literally saving lives by giving them a meal and a warm place to sleep.

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Katie VanderwallCook 5 months ago

Chico City Council Members, Please do the morally and ethically right thing for our unhoused neighbors. With freezing temperatures and a pandemic we as a city must provide a proper shelter space for people to safely sleep and have a meal. This could not be more urgent. Please put the funding forward for Safe Space and be the CC we can proud of. Our unhoused neighbors need us, we must do the right thing.

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JESSICA MACKENZIE 5 months ago

Since the date of this posting, we have lost the opportunity to use the building on Carmichael. This is what happens when we dawdle. Now what? What can you do? What are you WILLING to do to provide humane alternatives to rough living on the streets? Please, don't let it be nothing.

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Charles Withuhn 5 months ago

Dear City Council Members, Please allocate the $350,000 for Safe Space now.

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P D 3 months ago

The city council keeps having all existing camps torn apart, during a pandemic, when last night hit 25 degrees- our local unhoused folks had no choice but to sleep out in the absolute open with nothing other than small bedrolls- assuming the city didn't send those to the landfill too.

When camps were torn apart our local homeless were provided a list of places to go that WOULD NOT TAKE THEM IN. Not a single viable choice. This is against CDC recommendations during the pandemic.

The reality of forcing these folks out of public spaces is that they will be sleeping in the neighborhoods- because there is no where else to go. Don't be surprised when you find them holing up in neighborhood sheds and similar. The city brought this on themselves by putting in a city council who are more about being punative than thinking through the actual outcomes of their actions.

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