Join us to make Simplicity Village happen! CHAT is fund-raising to build a tiny houses village for seniors in Chico, California.
The Problem: A Severe Housing Crisis. In many areas across the country, there is little to no housing available that lower income people can afford. This problem is now worse than ever in Butte County, since the disastrous Camp Fire. Many vulnerable people, including senior citizens, find themselves without any housing options.
What we’re doing about it. The solution to homelessness is housing. Chico Housing Action Team has been sheltering and housing people in Chico for almost six years, first with the SafeSpace Winter Shelter, and then with our Housing Now program. Now CHAT is moving forward to create a tiny house village for seniors who have lost their housing. We have the land (2.5 acres), the engineering plans, the City's approval, and lots of volunteers to help with building. But we need your help.
We are crowdfunding $150,000 to make Simplicity Village happen. That amount will allow us put in the vital infrastructure and community services we need. The property is raw land, so we'll need to put in sewer, water, and electricity hook-ups. We'll also purchase a couple of pre-fabricated modular units to serve as community service centers, where residents will make and share meals, do their laundry, play games, learn to garden, have support group meetings, and utilize healthcare and mental health services.
Will you join us to make Simplicity Village happen? We started planning Simplicity Village five years ago and we are now very close to making it a reality, but we need your support. We're hoping to break ground on the village this summer. When we have all the pieces in place, the village will not only provide a roof over residents' heads, but also social services along with safety, security, personal responsibility, friendship, and a sense of belonging and community to people who have been without those things for far too long.
Check out this video of Sonali Kolhatkar (of KPFK radio in Los Angeles) interviewing CHAT president Bill Kurnizki along with dedicated housing activist and film-maker Gerard Ungerman, from 6/7/2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c63144btApk
Who is CHAT? The Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) is a grass-roots 501c3 non-profit organization of concerned citizens formed in Chico, California, in 2013, with the goal of ending homelessness in our community. Our funding comes from charitable grants, fundraising events, and generous community support. CHAT already houses about 100 formerly homeless people in rental housing and small trailers throughout our community, provides food deliveries and furniture, and has engaged dozens of volunteers in our many projects.