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Donation meters downtown will accept cash, coins and payment cards. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

New red meters downtown to help those in need

November 30, 2015

Six red meters will be installed downtown with the proceeds being donated to local assistance programs in Chico. The goal of these donation stations is to provide long-term solutions for those in need...

Digger, a local homeless man, sits with his cat, Spot, across from 7/11. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Homeless remain outdoors in the rain

Nathan Lehmann // April 7, 2014

Even in under the recent rainy weather, some homeless in Chico remain outdoors. “I’ve stayed wet,” said Dove Story, a transient in Chico since 1987, in response to the heavy rainfall in the...

Chico dehumanizes homeless population

Zachary Phillips // February 4, 2014

In “Purgatorio,” part one of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy,” the fourth level of purgatory is reserved for those afflicted by sloth — a lack of action in response to others’ needs. The...

Distressed Downtown: Homelessness in Chico, CA

Distressed Downtown: Homelessness in Chico, CA

December 11, 2013

A overview of the homelessness issue in Chico and what business owners and city are doing about it. This piece was done over the course of a month. Producers | Eric Walker & Emily Bertolino Special...

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