The city of Chico is pursuing an "emergency non-congregate housing site" consisting of 177 microshelters with 354 beds at the current location of the Silver Dollar BMX Race Track, and released a request for proposals for management of the site late Monday afternoon.
According to the Request For Proposal overview, the city is partnering with Butte County on the project "to identify qualified and available organizations, agencies or other vendors to provide certain resources and services for unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness at a specified location." "The Site will serve as a first step to go beyond the provision of housing and assist individuals and families to connect to providers to graduate those experiencing homelessness out of homelessness," the RFP said. The city has "identified $600,000 in funding to support the operation of the site for the remainder of the fiscal year" and adds "additional funding may become available."
The release of the RFP comes following a period of court-ordered silence from the city, which has been under a preliminary injunction since July 9 in the Warren vs. Chico lawsuit