I agree w/ R. Owen. How can you expect to effectively address this issue without some where where the homeless can legally be?
CHAT's Tiny Home Village and Safe Car Park proposals ask no money from the City. CHAT has studied successful programs in other cities and adapted their plans for our community.
What about the conditions that increase our vulnerability to outbreaks of diseases?
Tiny home villages have the best potential to house the most amount of people, with social distancing, for the least amount of money, in the least amount of time.
If more of our seniors were housed, with distancing, we would be more pandemic resistant. Leaving so many seniors on the street makes us more vulnerable to outbreaks of disease.
The City's list of properties, includes among others:
Verbena Fields 13 acres vacant
PTN Airport 1,079 acres vacant
Bidwell Ranch 760 acres for intermittent cattle grazing
Equestrian Center 15 acres for horsing around
Plans for new shelter beds 0 acres for seniors sleeping unsheltered
The City has land. CHAT has a plan. We have a crisis. Let's ask the Council to direct Staff to find three acres that they can lease to CHAT. If we don't have it by May, we may not have the time to be operational before next winter.
Remind them WE HAVE A CRISIS!
You're talking about how to allocate City funds.
You mentioned "$515,000 for the "Homeless Solutions Project", the Jesus Center expansion that is several years out. I'm sorry but we have a COVID19 Crisis that is exacerbated by our declared Housing Crisis. These are two life and death issues. A lady who works at the Chamber of Commerce had to step over a dead guy in her doorway the other day. The street fund is secondary in my humble estimation.
sounds at least irresponsible and maybe illegal.
The University came out against the Orange St. Shelter. Simplicity Village got the keebosh. 17 months ago our City declared a Shelter Crisis and since then it has approved no new shelters or campgrounds. The City has land. Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) has a plan. Contact your favorite Councilor and ask them to direct Staff to lease 2 acres to CHAT, so we can get some people off the street.
CHAT has never tried to change the law. The legal issue that we had was a proposal by the City Attorney, and the City Planning Director. One of CHAT's five projects is to follow the successful example of the tiny home village model that is working in over 20 other towns. It is potentially the fastest way to get the most amount of people housed in the least amount of time. Research has shown that crime goes down around tiny home villages. I know too many mature women who get Social Security and can't afford market rate housing. They sleep in places not meant for human habitation.
CHAT has never asked to be exempted from following the law. What was done was not grading by the conventional definition of the word. What was done is called grubbing just scraping the top of the field. Other cities that have tiny home villages include but are not limited to: Austin TX, Dallas TX, Oakland CA, San Jose CA, Sonoma CA, Portland OR (3), Denver, CO, Madison WI, Reno NV, Fresno CA, Ventura CA, Detroit MI, Washington D.C., New York NY (2), Tallahassee FL, and Seattle WN. (10).
"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? Tiny home villages is a model that is working, saving lives, in other towns. CHAT can make it work here.
People who have died outside lately:
June 3, 47-year-old Jason Hicks was found dead 2019 2
June 2019 Wilson Grant Tyler 61 yrs old 3
Vance Lee, who died March 2, 2019
Thomas Avakian, who died Jan. 23, 2018
The guy dead on the sidewalk, discovered by the Chamber of Commerce CEO on her way to work.
Vance Lee, Grant Tyler, Jason Hicks, and the woman in the Channel 11/29/19
Middle aged man found dead in the creek April 2020
According to the latest information there are about 155 people over 55 years of age in Butte County sleeping in places not meant for human habitation.
Tiny home villages have been shown to offer the best potential to, house the most amount of people, with social distancing, for the least amount of money, in the least amount of time.
If more of our seniors were housed, with social distancing, our community would be more pandemic resistant.
"proper housing" is more important to you than saving lives?
Juanita, there are about 150 people in our community over the age of 55 who sleep in places not meant for human habitation. I know several who get Social Security...they just can't afford current market rate housing, who would love a tiny home with a door that locks. Living outside dramatically reduces life expectancy.
Some of the cities that have successful tiny home villages (like the Simplicity Village Business Plan and Village Manual are modeled after) are: 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 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. If you talk to our service providers, you will hear heart breaking stories of our lack of shelter capacity and seniors sleeping outside.
We have a crisis. We need more housing and more shelters.
The City has an under utilized parking lot at Humboldt and Fir. They could put up a temp fence and have a safe parking lot.
How can we call ourselves civilized while leaving so many to suffer outside? Let's get going with more shelters.
"While people who are houseless wait for affordable housing to be built, allowing them to wait in the gutter, especially without basic needs for human survival is wrong and inhumane."