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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Butte County makes progress toward lost housing

Chico – Fires have wiped out thousands of surviving units in Butte County over the years, according to a report from the Butte County District Attorney’s Office – the Camp Fire destroyed 14,500 structures and the North Complex fire destroyed 2445 structures done.

Progress is being made toward building, rebuilding affordable housing units with tax credits and disaster relief funding, of which $152.6 million was allocated in 2019 in Butte County jurisdiction by funding from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Had gone.

Ed Mayer is director of the Butte County Housing Authority and said that Butte and Glen counties are set to complete 2,825 affordable housing units by 2024 – an investment of about $1.215 billion.

“In the history of affordable housing in the US, there has never been an investment sized in affordable housing on a per capita basis. We are just at the end of an experiment that has never been attempted before in America – which is a shock. There is a huge investment in affordable housing.

“Our opportunity in all of this is our opportunity to see if it moves the needle relative to leveling the playing field for our low-income housing groups,” Meyer said.

Housing draft elements for 2022-2030 are currently under review for Butte County and the cities of Biggs, Chico, Gridley and Oroville, and the City of Paradise.

In total, these jurisdictions in Butte County have allocated 15,506 units of housing needed to accommodate population growth by 2030. Of those units, 2,081 have been allotted for very low income and 1,290 for having low income.

“These housing elements should point to what is needed in the community to address all demographic groups in the community,” Meyer said.

Projects are being planned in Butte County and Glen County to meet those required units.

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