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A project of 33 tiny homes with shared amenities; On-site Management; On-site Social Services; Members Only, No Unauthorized Visitors; No Drugs, No Alcohol; Participant Agreement to pay rent or a fee and contribute 10 hours a week to clean the Village and keep it operational.

See more at: www.chicohousingactionteam.net

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Charles Withuhn 8 months ago

This is a plan that is working in several other towns. CHAT can make it work here.

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Linda Biscoe 8 months ago

Our community desperately needs this solution to help unhoused seniors in our area.Wonderful idea with a proven track record!

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Anne Faurote 8 months ago

This project is a great first step in helping house some of our homeless. Let's do it!

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Ron Aker 8 months ago

The time is now!

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sascha sarnoff 8 months ago

So happy Tiny Houses passed another hurtle. Good job everybody!! Chico must face reality and make broader efforts to house our homeless population (including much needed rehab facilities for those needing sober living transitional opportunities and other help) If there is energy for airport there should be more far more energy and efforts for critical housing needs that are an ever-present issue here. Resources spent need need to demonstrate ROI. Clearly, low income housing does more to support a functional, stable city than any single factor. Let's go from shortage to surplus!

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Guillermo Mash 8 months ago

Build it NOW!

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Rob Berry 8 months ago

Just once in my life, I would like to hear Charles talk about baseball.

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Tami Donnelson 8 months ago

We must get our Elders off of the street. SIMPLICITY VILLAGE is an excellent start. I am anxious to see it materialize and more projects come along as well.

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Sharon Bloker 6 months ago

Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live.

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Cheryl King 6 months ago

Our City so so needs this project. A great solution. Let's do this people!!

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Crystal NelsonMourad 6 months ago

There is no way to vote against this project! The devil is in the details! These "houses" are no more than glorified dog houses-they lack heating cooling and plumbing or electricity and are barely big enough for a mattress. Last winter temperatures got down to 20 degrees. Mini houses vary in their make up. A village advertised as being in Tucson AZ was in reality two houses in a church parking lot and not even in the city of Tucson! Serenity Village bragged about no crime but it was reported by their local paper that crime had more than doubled! Seattle's village had all the anemities of a full household. They also had a price tag of $65,000+. Other cities have building codes for shelter crisis ADU's-where are Chico's? From day one Leslie was advised that the majority of Chico would be against the houses muchless "a permanent mini-city" as Leslie advocates. Those who voiced opposition were quickly ostracized-first the homeless and the others were quickly named NIMBY's and Naysayers. CHAT didn't want to hear anything they had to say. It is no wonder Rob Berry became a spokes person. Remember when we use to speak and listen to one another and we didn't need a lawyer to do it? I am no fan of Rob Berry but he and those he speaks for live here vote here and pay taxes here. They DO have valid points they make. And just maybe if they tone down their behavior a bit we should ;listen because others are carrying the same opinions and they too want to be heard. We have heard loudly from CHAT and each of its members nonstop since Leslie first heard about Serenity Village but they are minority NOT the majority of Chico residents. Homeless need HOMES. Real houses. We have A whole industry to care for the homeless but the numbers have risen from 200 to 2000+. We are not SOLVING the problem until we deal with poor laws and lack of building homes and get-rich-quick-investors. Yes people have the right to make money until it jeopardizes the health and well-being of a community.We've passed that point. Civility has gone out the window. We demonize anyone with a different opinion.Listening has become a lost art. CHAT has some wonderful endeavors Mini houses is not one of them and should be abandoned.

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Charles Withuhn 6 months ago

Dear Crystal, It's too bad you didn't read the complete Simplicity Village plan before you made your comments 11/19/19. The tiny homes of Simplicity Village will each have electric power, a heater and a swamp cooler. Each tiny home (depending on the capability of the resident) will either have a regular toilet that will flush to the City sewer or a camping Sani-Pottie that flushes to a holding tank. In any event, the way the Village is laid out, every dwelling will be only 10 feet to a maximum of 20' from a community building that will be open all the time and have all the amenities. When they put in a shelter in a north Sacramento neighborhood, crime went down 49%. Please stop by our booth at the Saturday Farmers' Market to learn more.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 6 months ago

The devil is still in the details. We have been bombarded with slick sales pitches that seem to change with every conversation. Life has taught us that is something is too good to be true it usually is. Now is the time to raise and ask the hard questions and issues Putting people in an enclosure and separating the from the general population and from the agencies they need is unhealthy and counter-productive. The hospital, mental health

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Crystal NelsonMourad 6 months ago

The courthouse,Social Services and EDshort-term and especially longtermD are all at the north end of Chico as well as restaurant and grocery stores.. So what is appropriate about sticking them behind a fence in an industrial area? It doesn't take rocket science to understand the majority population does not want this mini-city short-term and especially NOT long term.. CHAT has been given a blank check-no regulation. They have given us no guarantees this will not grow out of control it already has`become what ever CHAT 'promises"We want to help the homeless but this is not it.Paradise faced a situation much worse -do we see them rushing to build a village? A resounding NO! CHAT has done some good work with its lease program and safe space .We can do better for the homeless than the village.It has become an obsession that needs to be abandoned now.

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Charles Withuhn 6 months ago

The Simplicity Village team meets regularly with Butte County Mental Health and Social Service agencies working on the details for their participation on-site at Simplicity Village (SV). The SV Plan includes a shuttle van and paid staff to drive participants to the store and appointments. The SV Plan has strict building code requirements. All the structures will be inspected by the Chico Building Dept. What is "out of control" is the number of seniors who are sleeping in places not meant for human habitation.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 6 months ago

I really would like to see theses "strict building codes". All we have ever seen are conversation pieces meant to deflect scrutiny! And that is in regard to EVERY issue regarding this refugee camp! If everything about the camp were the max in perfection citizens/voters still would have the right to say NO WAY! Article 43 gives them that right under the law! The law has been challenged and tested over the years. So Chico will pay pay for another lawsuit that Leslie was warned about before she ever started this camp! I am no fan of Rob Berry but he has done his homework! Irregardless of legal standing he is also a citizen/voter who has a right to have a say about the community he lives in. Many have opposed this camp for a multitude of reasons-human dignity for one! My father was 16 when he went to war. Corraling populations behind fences was abhorrent then and to many of us still is! Many left CHAT because of that mentallity! The homeless are our neighbors friends family and fellow citizens of Chico! WE ARE ONE -or should be! We all want the same things-decent affordable permanent housing and the dignity of managing our own lives without harassment and discrimination. Or demonizing! Over the years I have had friends who lived through WWII-that we are repeating the same behaviors and justfying it for ANY reason is abhorant! NO! I have great respect for you Charles, your growth has been amazing. I will gladly sit down with you over coffee and talk with you. I realize you truly believe in what you are doing

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Charles Withuhn 6 months ago

The contract with the City has specific load requirements (strength) that the walls, floor and roof have to be built to, including snow load. "Corralling people behind fences..." all the participants are free to come an go as they like. I wonder, what is so "abhorrent" about a typical residential fence to keep dogs in and transients out?

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Charles Withuhn 6 months ago

We've built four of prototype tiny homes. You can see them in church parking lots at 2430 Mariposa Ave. at East Ave., 735 W. East Ave., 295 E. Washington Ave. and one in my backyard. These are tough little houses built to the same standards as most of the older single family homes in Chico. Insulated and wired 2x4 walls; Typical insulated 2x6 subfloor construction; insulated ceiling with ceiling fan; running water to a sink (when finished). With a solid core front door that locks. How is this more "abhorrent" than sleeping on the street with the constant fear of being mugged or worse?

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Crystal NelsonMourad 6 months ago

Charles-I have seen your tiny home close up from the very first one! My opinion of it has not improved Should we all stand around the soup pot and sing Kombaya? The homeless deserve better from us and that won't happen as long as CHAT thinks its the next best thing to peanutbutter! It is not up to CHAT whether this "works", CHAT is but a very small part of Chico. Chico is 120,000 strong and has its own say as to what goes or doesn't go on in Chico. Does CHAT really think it can re-create the law or create its own little commune kingdom with a fence? Mini houses are NOT necessarily working out in other places! Many have already bull-dozed the structures, Very few even exist anywhere! Crime is UP not down! The ones benefiting from these houses are the ones SELLING them! This 'camp' needs to be stopped NOW before it is even started! Who wants twenty years of lawsuits over a monstrosity we were against to begin with?

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Charles Withuhn 6 months ago

"Body found 11/29/19 homeless woman died from exposure found near Lindo Channel at the Esplanade". 4/5/19 ER front page. She is the ninth to die outside, in our area, for lack of shelter, in recent history, by our count. You would have Chico known for more deaths on the street per capita? Simplicity Village is a plan that is working, saving lives, in other towns CHAT can make it work here.

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