Councilmember Randall Stone

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Month: May 2017

Homeless Survey Shows 92% Increase in Chico

PIT Survey Indicates a 92% Increase in Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in 2 Years
Numbers identify a failure in solutions from January 2015 – January 2017.

The Butte County Continuum of Care Annual Meeting is currently underway in the Chico City Council Chambers. The biennial Point In Time Survey has just been released. The Point In Time report surveys individuals experiencing homelessness throughout Butte County.  The full report can be accessed here: 2017 Butte PIT Community Report – Final

A few tidbits from the report:

*** 1,983 individuals experiencing homelessness were part of 1,583 households, 85% of which were made up of adults, 8% family households, and 6% households of minor unaccompanied youth. These numbers are not duplicates and are conservatively recognized as a low number representing individuals experiencing homelessness (read: the figures are recognized as considerably lower than the actual numbers).

*** Chico had the highest count at 1,096 individuals – a 92% increase since the last two-year PIT in January 2015.

*** Oroville had the second highest count at 713 people – an 83% increase since the last two-year PIT in January 2015.

*** More than 75% of the adults and unaccompanied youth had lived in Butte County for more than three years, and more than 50% had lived in the country for over 10 years.

*** Almost 80% were living in Butte County when they became homeless and nearly 90% confirmed that Butte County is their home. Those not originally from Butte County moved to the county for reasons analogous to those NOT in a homeless situation, such as family, college, quality of life, job opportunities, etc.

*** Chico’s biennial (January) counts are as follows:

2009 = 668

2011 = 1043

2013 = 804

2015 = 571

2017 = 1096
*** Males represent 62.5% and females 36.6%. There were 4 are transgender and 5 not identifying as male, female, or transgender.

Continuum of Care Chico City Council Appointee Reanette Fillmer curiously absent.

These figures are embarrassing and appalling and represent a failure in action from January 2015 to January 2017.

 

Randall Stone, MPA

Councilmember, City of Chico

Chair, Greater Chico Homeless Task Force

President, Sacramento Valley Division – League of California Cities

President, Shalom Free Clinic

Member – Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee – League of CA Cities

Member – Governance, Transparency, and Labor Relations – League of California Cities

Founder, Nextdoor Sunset Neighborhood

Councilmember Stone Celebrates Mental Health Low Income Housing Facility Grand Opening

“This helps to handle the crises they are going through, not just homeless but mental health crises which is one of our bigger causes for the reason why people are struggling with homelessness,” said Randall Stone, a Chico City Councilmember.
Action News Now reporter Kay Bennett reports on Valley View Apartments Grand Opening
An affordable housing project in Chico helps people with mental illnesses get off the streets and into their very own apartments, with direct access to counselors and other services.  The Butte County community celebrated the grand opening of Valley View Apartments Wednesday afternoon on Silver Dollar Way in Chico.  The project is six years in the making.
 “When I lost my wife on Christmas day five years ago, I just fell apart, I wanted to die, I just didn’t care anymore,” said Wayne, a resident at Valley View Apartments.
Wayne has faced many tragedies in his life; before his wife passed away, he said his father committed suicide.

“That’s when something triggered, I quit my job, everything, and my wife told me to go get checked and that happened to her,” said Wayne.

Just five years later, that’s when Valley View came into Wayne’s life.

“Now I’m getting my independence back, feeling better about myself,” said Wayne.

Fourteen people who were homeless now have their very own, one bedroom apartment, and the project is here to stay.

“When you think about this being here for 55 years, that’s going to benefit so many people, so many families, and the community at large,” said James Coles, the director of North Valley Housing Trust.

Each resident has access to mental health treatment, weekly group sessions, and life skills training.

“This helps to handle the crisis they are going through, not just homeless but mental health crisis which is one of our bigger causes for the reason why people are struggling with homelessness,” said Randall Stone, a Chico City Councilmember.

The Valley View Apartments took a massive effort from a small village; the list of contributors includes Butte County Behavioral Health, North Valley Catholic Social Services, the City of Chico, North Valley Housing Trust, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Rabobank, Palm Communities, and a significant amount from the Mental Health Services Act.

“We were able to leverage about two million dollars towards this project with those funding,” said Dorian Kittrell, Director for Butte County Behavioral Health.
All to help folks get off the street and back on their feet, just like it did for Wayne.

“I didn’t want to live but I do now,” Wayne said. “It’s all getting better; I donate time at the bike shop and I like it. I like just being able to come home and relax, I love that.”

Councilmember Stone Addresses Nearby Fire Station Closures by County Personnel

“(Butte County) asked us to pay them to keep their station open – obviously, that’s not something we can do. It certainly is a step in an uncomfortable direction … but we’ll continue to provide services for our residents and back them up,” explained Chico City Councilmember Randall Stone.
It will require the City to do exactly what they’ve been tasked with doing for years – address fire suppression and coordinate with the hospitals and ambulance services to address medical needs. The average cost for a Chico Firefighter is about $168,000 per year. On each engine there are 4 firefighters ($672,000 per year in personnel). On each truck there are 5 firefighters ($840,000 per year in personnel). The average salary in California for a paramedic/EMT is $47,000 per year. There are two paramedic/EMTs per ambulance ($94,000 per year in personnel, not fully loaded cost). When a fire truck responds to a medical that can be addressed by an ambulance, the fire truck is not available to respond to fires and is out of the station – leaving another section of the station’s response area further away and with a much larger response time. If the City is looking to enhance response times, coordinating with medical providers solves this issue. This is the way most other communities in California operate their fire stations – including the authors of the most recent Standards of Coverage report.
Action News Now report on County Fire Station Closures

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