CHICO – Armando Williams was sharing a meal with two friends at a camp in front of the City Council Chambers, days after Chico police informed people of their intention to enforce anti-camp.
On May 9, 2022, the Chico Police Department began issuing 7-day notices to people living in camps on Chico public properties. If people do not vacate the public property, 3 days notice will be issued, and if they stay they can be removed and fined.
“Those 10 cops are coming in deep, but you’ve never seen the city council walk around,” Williams said. “All you’re looking at is the police and the rangers and the community task force.”
Although Williams said he was going to rehab, he said he would help his friends pack their stuff.
“They have already decided where to go,” Williams said. “I just consider myself blessed because I know that not everyone is as lucky as me.”
The outreach teams from Chico’s Pallet shelter were out of support of the Police Target Team, a neighborhood police unit of the Chico Police Department that conducts assessments, transports and notices campers about enforcement efforts, Amber Ebney- Bass, executive director said. Jesus Center.
Butte County Behavioral Health Public Information Officer Holly Drobney said mental health resources are provided daily at the new shelter.
“One thing that’s important to understand is that these services are voluntary,” Drobny said. “If someone isn’t interested, we can’t force them to seek help.”
The shelter also has a confidential consultation space, which, however, has not yet been used.
“I think people are still settled,” Drobny said. “I don’t think seeking counseling is on their mind right now.”
As of Thursday, there were 67 people living in the accommodation at the pellet shelter.