Comanche Creek Greenway selected as next area of camping enforcement – Chico Enterprise-Record


CHICO — Comanche Creek Greenway has been selected as the next location for Chico to enforce its anti-camping ordinances and to evaluate people for entry into Pallet shelters at the emergency non-congregate housing site.

Interim City Manager Paul Hahn said the city has completed its enforcement run through Lindo Channel.

On Wednesday, the city sent its seven-day notice of intent to enforce Comanche Creek Greenway to the Legal Services of Northern California as required by the Warren v. Chico settlement agreement.

As it did with Downtown Chico and the Lindo Channel Area, LSNC must reply within seven days to accept or reject the city’s proposal pending shelter availability.

As of Tuesday, 62 beds were open at the Torres Community Shelter and 67 Pallet shelters were available at the housing site.

Meanwhile, Hahn said the city has begun working to process phone-in referrals to the Pallet shelter. So far, it has been mainly admitting people surveyed in areas of enforcement.

“We’ve been actually trying to catch up on our waiting list of people who have called and put their names on a waiting list — trying to catch up on people who are interested in going to the shelter,” Hahn said.

Hahn did not comment on how many calls were received, but said shelter management has been working to pare down a large list of calls that have come in as duplicate or redundant.

Jesica Giannola is the housing care manager for CHAT and said she has been struggling to reach the Pallet shelter to refer one of her more vulnerable clients that isn’t located in the area where referrals happen.

Giannola said she reached out to a referral line given by the Pallet shelter staff and left more than eight messages over eight days with no luck. Posting her frustration on Facebook yielded similar sentiment from other service providers.

“I’m trying to reach out for help, I’m getting nowhere. I didn’t realize so many people, so many advocates, program people have the same problem,” Giannola said. “We’re all trying to help out people that we’re working with and we’re trying to get them into the Pallet shelter and we’re not getting our response back.”

Hahn said the city is focused on getting the waitlist together from phone referrals and will continue to work on processing the calls over the next week.


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