Meeting Time: October 05, 2021 at 6:00pm PDT
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5.3. DECLARATION OF SHELTER CRISIS Pursuant to Government Code section 8698 et seq., the City of Chico ("City") may declare a Shelter Crisis upon a finding of a significant number of persons within the City are without the ability to obtain shelter, resulting in a threat to their health and safety. The City Council previously declared a Shelter Crisis on October 2, 2018, which expired on June 30, 2021. Despite efforts by the City during the prior Shelter Crisis, homelessness and its impacts continue to rise in the City. (Report - Vincent C. Ewing, City Attorney)

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    Melody Proebstel about 1 month ago

    We have a housing shortage in Chico and throughout Butte County. The only way we will resolve the issue is by working together to meet our community's needs. We need more affordable housing and opportunities for low-barrier shelter. Declaring a Shelter Crisis in Chico is an important step in the right direction.

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    Lori Harris about 1 month ago

    Hold feet to the fire with Torres Shelter and Jesus Center housing these homeless! They already receive monies for housing and have made their own rules to see that they do not house people they do not want. Why provide more money to these programs that don't do what they were paid to do? We do not need another Shelter Crisis declared.

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    Caitlin Dalby about 1 month ago

    This is a step in the right direction to work together as a community to support wraparound services for all unsheltered citizens residing in Chico. Without multiple options for those experiencing varying degrees of trauma, mental health crises, financial instability, and inaccessibility to tend to basic needs such as toileting, personal hygiene, trash services, and healthcare, we won't be able to ensure the tools are available to help lift folks out of these conditions into a life of dignity.

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    Catherine Dasbach about 1 month ago

    So we are doing the same thing over and over again...expecting different results.....I believe that is what some refer to as "insanity". Does not surprise me. I believe our city council does not receive reliable information from the city attorney or city manager.....Not a good idea.

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    Kate Francis about 1 month ago

    We have already been here. I do NOT support the shelter crisis declaration. The problem is poor and unwise decisions by our city manager and city attorney. They give poor and unwise council to the city council. No.

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    Mary Lopez about 1 month ago

    Why are shelter beds empty everyday.??? Why is the county not involved.?? The county accepts millions of dollars every year for Butte Co Behavioral Health. They accept other cities transients, mentally ill, and newly released prisoners without a plan or follow up & releases them into the city...Why is the city of Chico held responsible and Chico residents terrorized by the transients running all over Chico committing crimes. What is really going on.??!! NO to the shelter crisis declaration

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    Marie Elizabeth about 1 month ago

    So here we are again....No, no and no...!!!!

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    Grace Marvin about 1 month ago

    Government Code 8698 includes shelter facilities with particular, basic requirements as well as simpler shelters with fewer detailed specifications. The latter can include tents in designated areas. This declaration involves development of a continuum of shelter and service options for the homeless – meaning that the city can avail itself of national, state, county, and local resources to not only provide suitable shelter but also appropriate social services to make homelessness unnecessary.

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    Catherine Posey about 1 month ago

    In light of this staff report, I'm not convinced the Homeless Crisis issue is being handled in the most efficient way, and it doesn't appear that the city or the county are making effective and beneficial decisions for anyone. Taxpayer supported shelters to which the city and county contribute money have empty beds. What is going on? How are millions of dollars spent on the homeless crisis effectively being used? Can Behavioral Health and the Sheriff's department speak to this?

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    Stephen Jackson about 1 month ago

    County government channels $ non-stop to the "homeless crisis" but it's doing nothing. Where does the $ go? After years of draining taxpayer $ to this never-ending issue, its time to stop the nonsense! If you want to get off the streets, then get into a shelter. If you want to remain homeless, go somewhere else...period. This IS America, we are all free to choose our lifestyle, and should know that our choices come with consequences...like every other choice we make in life.

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    Juanita Sumner about 1 month ago

    Butte County collects almost $100 million/year in fees for transfers of mental patients and jail/prison releases from other counties. Mental patients are held for 45 days and then released into our community. The jailer claims overcrowding and releases inmates. The county provides no follow up services or supervision of these people. Failure to Appear charges are ignored. County mental health service centers are only open M-F, 11:30 - 4:30. The county needs to do more, the city is not liable.