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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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago

The time is now!

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sascha sarnoff 6 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 6 months ago

Build it NOW!

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Rob Berry 6 months ago

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

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Tami Donnelson 6 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 5 months ago

Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live.

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Cheryl King 5 months ago

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

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Crystal NelsonMourad 5 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

These tiny homes you're complaining about are 8' x 16' ...about the size of a typical RV. Residents at Hope Village in Medford and Opportunity Village in Eugene credit the tiny homes with saving their lives.

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

We have testimony from several police chiefs that think the village in their area has been a "positive thing" and ..has resulted in a "reduction of crime".

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

At Opportunity Village every year or so as many as a third of the participants move on to regular housing, a move that is nearly impossible if you're living on the street. This is not going to be the same forty people at Simplicity Village forever. This is bridge housing to help people transition. Additionally, a percentage of the rent they pay goes into an individual savings account for each participant available upon departure. So they'll have a little nest egg when they move on.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 4 months ago

People cannot transition into something that does not exist! "Transitional". then becomes "permanent"' Someone must become homeless for a family to move into permanent housing. It t doesn't matter if you come from the streets, a shelter or a friends couch. The housing does not exist! It's like playing musical chairs with always being one chair short! Ten years ago the homeless wrote on the plaza sidewalk HOMELESS NEED HOMES. Not rocket science! YET we do everything EXCEPT build homes. We have spent millions of dollars. We have a whole industry. The homeless have grown from 200 to 2000 and that is a gross under count and all we can come up with is a fenced ghetto of sheds? Its pure insanity! The only light I see ahead is our city council who is opening the doors to building homes as as is feasible. Even homeless want a city they can be proud to raise their children in, not a ghetto on the outskirts of civilization

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

Simplicity Village is a plan to create new quality housing. Look at the tiny homes on exhibit in the church parking lots that were mentioned earlier. They are a far cry from "ghetto sheds". A few new subdivisions is a great idea, but those plans are years out. In the mean time people need a safe, dry place to be at night as soon as possible. The Simplicity Village Proposal is the result of several visits by several of our group to successful tiny home villages in several cities; meetings on Organizational Structure by our Board of Directors (12 people); meetings of the SV Steering Committee (13 people); meetings with people at the Torres Shelter and the Jesus Center; our Advisory Board (12 people) that includes contractors, lawyers, a medical doctor, an architect, a social worker, a developer, and IT people; Budget Committee (7 people) including a CPA. Simplicity Village has offers from at least three leading innovative technology general contractors to do model homes at SV to show off the efficiencies of each of their styles of building. The Simplicity Village Proposal represents the best efforts of some of the leaders of our community to create a new housing development that will be a source of pride for Chico. Our City Manager said he thought "Simplicity Village would be a model for other communities".

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DebraLou Hoffmann 4 months ago

I went to the presentation at the chico Grange and was so impressed I’ve become a monthly supporter. CHAT’s Simplicity Village is one good solution to a big problem.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 4 months ago

Charles I sit on all those committees and meetings! A sales pitch is still just a sales pitch. The reality is far different. Most of it is just wishful thinking. Crime figures are up Charles. CHAT has been sold a bill of goods and they in turn have tried to sell it to the resident of Chico! There is no way to candy coat or justify this camp Chico has a legal right to say NO. NO is a valid response and has legal standing. Chico should not have to be tied up in expensive lawsuits for the next twenty years. That is exacfly what we face if this is not stopped NOW. These camps are NOT the next big thing that CHAT is trying to tell us it is. It is a rarity that comes with problems and issues that we don't need in Chico. Right now it is only a "plan" words on paper. NOW is the time to stop it before the fence is enclosing people, Before we need to bulldoze buildings and camps.

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

All those committees? Simplicity Village is based on plans that are working successfully in other towns. A "camp" suggests something much less than we propose. The concept of Simplicity Village was approved by the Chico City Council on a 6 to 1 vote. Lawsuits are pretty common in our culture. They usually take months not years and the current case can be settled out of court. Let's see what happens. Another homeless Chico woman died outside of exposure the other day. CHAT is working in innovative ways to house as many people as possible, as soon as possible. Dignity Village has been shelter for satisfied participants for 17 years. Opportunity Village has been sheltering people successfully for about 5 years. And by some accounts they have saved lives. Research has shown tiny home villages to be the most efficient way to house the most amount of people in the least amount of time.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 4 months ago

Charles the first person died-froze to death in '07! That's 12+ years an almost 200 people later. $350,000 could have` been spent on Safe Space, a Permanent Warming Center or even a Day Center. These are all things that the homeless themselves have advocated for and asked for. The lawsuits and a bigger difference still in the ones you propose the junkyard? I believe has lasted 20 years. Yes lawsuits are common and counter lawsuits and multiple appeals. And it goes on and on for years and dollars of taxpayers money.There is a big difference between the "tiny houses' of Opportunity and those in Seattle and a bigger difference still in what you are proposing. Research by whom Charles? CHAT? By who's account Charles? CHAT? I had a co-worker who built a "tiny house" on her property for her son. The oriqinal estimate to build was $2000. It ended costing $13,000 (Everything's cheaper in Arizona) Its been close to 20 years now that it's been sitting empty. It was bigger and nicer than any of the ones you've built but it lacked plumbing and cooking facilities. It had electricity so one could watch TV but lacked heating and cooling. All the daily activities were in the main house which emphasized his feeling of being ostracized.Tiny houses and their "villages" are NOT efficient! They never were -that's why we build houses and apartments! Tiny houses are cheap that is all- Buyer beware you get what you pay for! Even the homeless want real homes they can be proud of and to be part of the community of Chico

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

The homeless people I have talked to want a door that locks.

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

"...real homes they can be proud of..." You are talking about pride, and I am talking about saving lives.

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Nancy Park 4 months ago

Charles - I don't think Crystal is ever going to understand the concept of what we are trying to do.She seems to think she has an answer for everything. And Crystal, we at CHAT are thinking of Simplicity Village as transitional housing - a place where folks can get off the street and out of the elements. They will have security, with a safe place to sleep at night and a place to lock their belongings. They then can get the assistance they need from social service agencies, public health, behavioral health, etc. We would love to see all of Simplicity Village's residents get into permanent housing. Unfortunately, while we are waiting for that housing to be built, people are dying on the street. Also, Crystal did you know CHAT is already housing 130 people in houses, apartments, and mobile homes at 35 different locations in Chico? Simplicity Village is just one piece in the overall picture of the many different approaches we need to attack the problem of homelessness. We're not fools, Crystal, and we aren't "slick sales" people. We are concerned citizens who are responding to the suffering of our fellow Chico residents - nothing more and nothing less. We don't have ulterior motives and we understand we are just one of many agencies working on this social problem that now has become an emergency. One more thing - Charles is one of the kindest and most sincere people I've ever met. And with that, I have to close and do my volunteer work for CHAT.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 4 months ago

Nancy-I have great respect for Charles. I remember him when he was an advocate for our trees and was going around Chico planting new ones. He's grown enormously since then. I do believe he could sell ice cubes to Eskimos except Eskimos do not need ice cubes and Chico does not need a "village".

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Charles Withuhn 4 months ago

According to the Latest Point In Time Survey there are about 160 people in our area over 55 years of age or over that are unsheltered. They need shelter as soon as they can get it. Ten have died outside in recent history.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 3 months ago

Nancy Parks-I understand far more than you give me credit for! The that money would have gone a lot further and saved considerably more lives with a warming center, a day center or the Orange St Center-all issues the homeless themselves have been advocating for. What happens when the declared "crisis" has ended and HUD money has dried up-Torres operated at a cost of $27 per person per night and it houses 130+ homeless. $100,000 per person does in no way benefit the homeless or those dying. Chico has social services, behavioral health services and it now has a traveling medical trailer providing services. Social Services also provides services for seniors who need it So what makes CHAT think it can provide better? From the beginning Leslie has tried to make this camp a permanent mini-city not temporary. You can rename it(bridge), call it transitional call it anything you want it is not about the homeless' needs but the money. Yes I agree with your opinion of Charles just not anything else.

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Charles Withuhn 3 months ago

"The that money would have gone a lot further..."? You propose we veto an improvement on our homeless situation because of, "...What happens when..." ? Simplicity Village is paid for by the rents on the tiny homes at a cost of $9 per person per night. $100,000 is what it took to launch Opportunity Village. Some of those residents say Opportunity Village saved their lives. If you talk to the Butte County Social Service providers, ...the ones I talk to... say they're overwhelmed. What makes you think CHAT is suggesting that any one of their four programs are "better" ? CHAT is merely offering additional help for a situation that is a crisis and getting worse. We are in the midst of the most urgent and tragic human crisis to hit the streets of Chico in our lifetime.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 2 months ago

'Crisis' designation will end soon, what then? Do we bulldoze these structures? Leslie has advocated for three year acceptance then an extension of three years. For something this city never wanted in the first place! You mention rent of $9 I read in one of CHAT's presentations $395 a month for each house! 33 houses at $395, add that up to a tune of $13,035 each month. That's a business not a non-profit homeless project. CHAT has accumulated more than half a million dollars. Most of it from taxpayers and in the name of homeless. If ANY homeless in Chico are freezing to death it lies squarely on the shoulders of CHAT! You can call it a "bridge", a bridge to where? To house someone creates one more homeless person. All the new housing who do you thing will move there-the homeless? NO, people from Sacramento, San Francisco and all points south of us! Thirty three little make believe houses-there are close to 2,000 counted homeless and the count is rising at a very rapid rate! What makes anyone think this is the best use of money to house the homeless? Esplanade House is amazing, Torres does great work. Catalyst and the Jesus Center are fully on top of the homeless situation. Simplicity Village is an obsession run amuk. It defies logic or reason..

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Charles Withuhn 2 months ago

"What then?" You seem to suggest we do nothing because the 'Crisis' designation may end some day. How sad to ignore the abject suffering all around us. The structures are movable and built to City specifications. Churches in other towns have found homes for them. "...this City never wanted..." Really. To what poll are you referring to? If you will sit down with me I will show you our "break-even" budget. Much of our funds are in the form of grants that are committed to particular programs. CHAT has four of them now. "To house someone creates one more homeless person." I really fail to follow your logic. If you would take the time to contact our other service providers you would know that they are overwhelmed. A far cry from "...on top of the homeless situation." The Simplicity Village proposal is based on a proven model that is working in other towns. CHAT can make it work here. Compared to other programs it is the least expensive way, to house the most amount of people per dollar, in potentially the least amount of time. And it stands behind a large body of data to prove it.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 2 months ago

CHAT never had much financial sense. To say Simplicity Village houses the most amount of people per dollar in the least amount of time and is the least expensive is delusional. If anything the opposite is true! Charles, do you even have any idea how many years ago Simplicity Village was started and CHAT is only working on the 5th house with a lawsuit pending? You money time and energy could better be spent on any other homeless project. At least one that both the homeless and the public want!

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Robert Van Fleet 2 months ago

Enough studies, symposia, talk, talk. People are suffering on the streets and in the parks every day. Simplicity Village and tiny homes are one of several ways we need to take action to house people. It is said that USA is the richest country in the world, but if you look at our lack of housing, inadequate health care, hungry children, crumbling infrastructure - I wonder. Maybe our unregulated capitalist economy has inevitably evolved to make riches only for a fraction of one percent of us. In a civilized country there is no excuse for anyone lacking decent housing.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 2 months ago

Sounds terrific Robert but 5 'houses' doesn't do it! Neither does 33 'houses'. We need REAL and affordable houses!

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Charles Withuhn 2 months ago

The homeless people I see in the videos, and the ones I talk to on the street want "a door that locks". Safe and dry tiny homes can be accomplished faster and more efficiently than "REAL and affordable houses!"! "REAL and affordable houses" are years away. Tiny homes are only weeks away and will be saving lives in the meantime.

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Krista Lewis 2 months ago

comment...well, CNM. I suggest quit complaining and pointing out what you think is wrong, and come up with some positive solutions. get involved, be the change that you want to see. If you have some better ideas, get involved, make them happen.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 2 months ago

I do Krista and have been for several years -even before CHAT was started and Leslie decided on a tiny house village. Then only 58 people had died now the total is close to 200 dead! I am not the first to oppose the "village" nor will I be be the last. I am not against helping the homeless or those at risk, I do as much as I am capable of and then some, Bur the"village" I will oppose until my last breath! Why? The reasons are many just read my prior statements! I'm not the first saying these things and I won't be the last! Its not about NIMBY-heavens I have homeless sleeping on the bus stop outside my window and neighbors who sneak homeless in when the manager is not around even though they risk eviction themselves. I have many reasons but NIMBY isn't one of them.

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Charles Withuhn 2 months ago

Tiny home villages are proven successful in many other towns. We have a list of Police Chiefs who have endorsed them. They are potentially the least expensive way to house the most amount of people, in potentially the least amount of time. Our proposed tiny homes are insulated and include heating, cooling, and running water. If you talk to the residents of other tiny homes in other towns they credit their tiny homes with saving their lives.

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Nancy Park 2 months ago

Crystal, I feel compelled to point out that CHAT is already housing 135 people in houses and apartments throughout Chico through our Housing Now and Hand Up Housing programs. We'll be augmenting that with a tiny house village because homelessness does not have a "one-size-fits-all" solution. Also, I'm curious, when you say 58 people had died when CHAT decided to pursue a tiny house village and now the total is 200, where are you talking about? Butte County? Northern California? The state of California? We must get people in out of the elements and even one death on the streets is one too many. However, the total for Chico is closer to a half dozen a year. Where are you getting your figures?

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Crystal NelsonMourad 2 months ago

I am talking only about Chico The first person died in 2007 he froze to death He was not elderly. He did not have abuse or mental health issues. He was a very ordinary everyday person who was looking forward to starting a new job who happened to be temporarily homeless. Since then almost 200 people have died in the last 13 years from the elements because they are homeless. That does not even include physical health issues. That year 4 of us women came down with pneumonia and we weren't even sleeping on the street! I'm sure the count for the men was even higher for the men. We listened to them wheezing and coughing all night. Even then there was a desperate need for a day shelter or a warming shelter which BY LAW the county is required to have. The first man was a friend. One day we were doing laundry and talking sports. The next day I was helping arrange his burial. Every year CHAT does a memorial service in the plaza for those who died on the street.

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Tami Donnelson 2 months ago

It is so cold outside. I cannot imagine how it feels to "old bones" :( It hurts my heart and baffles my mind that anyone would fight so hard to keep our Elders unsheltered.

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Crystal NelsonMourad 2 months ago

Tami-I am all for true shelter. Charles talks about being able to lock up one's possession. The city is looking at providing lockers but even if they abandoned the idea. we have storage units in every corner of the city! Most homeless have some form of income to rent a unit and buy their own lock. I had a friend who would visit her unit first thing in the morning and again at night. As long as she didn't loiter the manager was happy with the arrangement and she wasn't burdened with pushing a shopping cart all day or having her possessions stolen. We must look beyond 'easy' answers and bandaid solutions. As much as our homeless numbers have increased so has our general population even before the campfire. Where did they all come from and how did they manage to find a place to live? They come from areas where rent and home prices are more expensive and where crime and homelessness is overwhelming. New homes here average half a million dollars. In the Bay Area a million was not unusual.. And lets not even talk about the homeless-third world African countries fare better. Rent and homes cost less here but we do not have the jobs or wages to support living here. The only ones who can afford the housing are those from out of town. Even our criminals come from out of town! We need affordable housing for the people who live here. That means bringing developers legislators and most of all landlords of every kind to the negotiating table. Someone once said to me 'people have the right to make money!' Yes but there are limits to everything! Gouging renters and jeopardizing the health of a community is a signal 'its time to stop' This problem is fifty years in the making, it won't be solved by 'villages' and 'refugee camps'.

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Charles Withuhn 2 months ago

This problem is so tragic and so urgent that it may not be solved by any one plan. This is a crisis that may demand many strategies before we begin to see progress. This is the brainstorming period where successful campaigns look at and try every viable option. If you try something and it doesn't work for some reason, adapt it so it can work. Tiny home villages are working in other towns CHAT can make them work here. CHAT has been contacted by a number of contractors who employ leading edge technologies and who want to build one of their tiny home types in Simplicity Village. Rather than a 'refugee camp', Simplicity Village will be a gallery of leading edge technology building types for visitors to compare side by side.

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Pamm Larry about 1 month ago

Homelessness is on the rise everywhere and will only get more intense with the passing years, especially in CA. This is not just a Chico problem. It's a global problem. Hoping the city shows bold and brave leadership by moving this forward and allow other creative alternatives that create community and house folks of all income levels and needs. We need Simplicity Village now, but need more Tiny Home community centers for all.

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Charlotte Goldsmith about 1 month ago

Every person needs safe cover, a place that is theirs, to maintain their life and build on it.

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Ally Rykiel about 1 month ago

A vote for SV is a vote in the right direction. This city needs to put people over profits, and saving lives over making everyone happy.

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Crystal NelsonMourad about 1 month ago

Charlotte Chico has plenty of other options that are already working helping more people and with a smaller price tag. Fifty CHAT members are still a minority. There are far more who do NOT want this camp! Majority still rules in our country.

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Charles Withuhn about 1 month ago

Simplicity Village is a housing project, not a camp. And Chico's "other" options cost more per person per night. This is a plan that is successful in other towns, which is a reason why the majority of Chicoans will see the wisdom of the project.

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Charles Withuhn about 1 month ago

See the front page story in today's ER (2/13/20). Headline: "Homeless seniors find little help available"

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William Helmer about 1 month ago

The City of Chico needs to help make Simplicity Village a reality.

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Patti Pierce about 1 month ago

Crystal, It would be nice if you would have an open mind and realize you are the minority. Or come up with a better plan.

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Crystal NelsonMourad about 1 month ago

Patti I have always had an open mind but I also have a rational mind and the ability to ask questions and expect definitive answers. CHAT's answers change with every conversation or presentation. This has been true since the very beginning of CHAT. Yes I saw the article in the E-R. NONE of Chico's shelters discriminate against seniors! 'Tiny houses' are a far cry from ADU's. Shared housing works, and can be implemented right away and they blend with neighborhoods Here were two women's house a couple doors down from me and a men's house a couple blocks over. They were welcome additions to our neighborhood.The Jesus Center too maintains homes as well as Catalyst and the Salvation Army. This has been going on for more than ten years that I know of. Esplanade House too, does a fantastic job of housing families with children providing an all encompassing program for families. For all the hoopla CHAT generates tiny house camps are almost impossible to find, so how can anyone say they work? What little information one finds is written by people selling these shells. The camp in Oregon the city's crime more than double.People in Chico are already complaining about our crime. Do we need more? I am not a minority Patti, these camps are!

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Charles Withuhn about 1 month ago

We have a list of 30 cities where tiny home villages are successfully working.

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Crystal NelsonMourad at March 26, 2020 at 12:10am PDT

Just where are these thirty camps? They are the best kept secret in this country-you can't even 'google' them! And lets talk about money. Seattle puts the cost at $65,000 a house. Simplicity is projecting costs at $1,560 a person just for the shell. ANY program in Chico is far cheaper and benefits more people, Does any one READ the point-in-time count? Seniors are NOT falling through the cracks. It's just one more lie that CHAT has pushed. Repeat a lie enough times, people will repeat it and believe it but that doesn't make it true!

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Charles Withuhn at March 26, 2020 at 10:12am PDT

Austin TX, Dallas TX, Oakland, San Jose, Sonoma, Medford, Eugene (3), Marysville, Portland (2), Denver, Madison WN, Ithica NY, Reno, Olympia WA, Fresno, Ventura, Detroit, Washington DC, New York, Seattle (7), Tallahassee FL, and Los Angeles have what are described as tiny home villages for the housing challenged. These are not "camps". If you look at the tiny homes CHAT has built, they are built with the same materials and criteria as most of the single family residential homes in Chico, with regular siding, regular insulation in the floor, walls and ceiling. CHAT participated in the Point-In-Time count. Talk to the service providers and you will hear heart breaking stories of lack of capacity and seniors sleeping outside. A visit to the Plaza or a drive down Humboldt Road reveals seniors who have fallen through the cracks.

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Charles Withuhn at March 26, 2020 at 10:16am PDT

I met Gayle the other day. With a full head of gray hair, she's about 5' tall, 90 lbs, 69 years old and homeless in Chico. She gets Social Security she just can't get an apartment.

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