CHAT fundraises for Everhart Village, expected to begin construction this week – Chico Enterprise-Record

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CHICO — The Chico Housing Action Team is currently fundraising to support the infrastructure for the Everhart Village, a shelter project on Cohasset Road for homeless people who are also patients of Butte County Behavioral Health.

The village, which broke ground in July, is expecting to begin construction this week but will need about $400,000 to close the gap, said CHAT Communications Manager Theresa O’Conner, citing the financial weight of rising construction costs and permitting delays.

In other attempts to meet the goal, the nonprofit plans to seek corporate and business partnerships, contact major donors in Chico and to apply for infrastructure grants, said O’Conner.

“The infrastructure is the most expensive part but it’s also the most important part,” said CHAT Board President Leslie Johnson. “This is why this fundraiser is so crucial.”

The Everhart Village will consist of 20 cabins that will house 20 people who are patients of Butte County Behavioral Health and also homeless. Each cabin is planned to have electricity, air conditioning and cooling, running water and plumbing for a sink and toilet and a microwave.

“We really depend on the community because we know how much we need specialized shelter for people experiencing mental illness,” said Johnson. “It will really mean a lot to them to have their own space where they feel safe.”

When patients will house inside the cabins, there they will begin a months-long process to stabilize. There, patients will work with CHAT staff to find a stable living situation, said O’Conner.

From Sept. 12-16, CHAT will be fundraising with GlobalGiving, a nonprofit that connects donors with other nonprofits. For every donation up to $50, GlobalGiving will donate 50%.

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