2014-2022 City of Chico Housing Element


The Housing Element is an extensive examination of the City of Chico’s housing agenda, which establishes goals and maps future plans. This planning process involved a comprehensive public outreach process and in-depth research into housing needs and market trends. The Housing Element is designed consistent with the city’s General Plan and periodic reviews are conducted to ensure compliance.

CAA Strategic Plan

This five year plan orients CAA towards a path of success after the successful completion of two housing projects and a tax-credit project. It establishes goals, identifies opportunities, and potential partners and plans for service expansion as well as operational support.

Lassen County MHSA Site Feasibility Analysis

This was a two-part study that analyzed the feasibility of potential housing sites throughout Lassen County. The purpose of the study was to identify opportunities to use MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) funds for development of housing for homeless persons with mental disabilities. Each site was assessed by a menu of indicators, including property size, zoning, access to utilities, proximity to services/amenities, development feasibility, financial feasibility, and community impact.

Utah Expansion Feasibility Study

Housing Tools was contracted to examine economic and demographic trends in Utah to determine their housing needs. Though economic recovery has been notably strong in Northern Utah, nearly ten thousand households are in need of affordable places to live. The study identifies several potential sites for housing projects, and invites a welcoming social and economic climate in the state to support investment in the region.



2015-2019 City of Chico Consolidated Plan

The Consolidated Plan guides the City of Chico’s utilization of HUD funding streams to address the community’s greatest housing and community development needs. The planning process involved an comprehensive needs assessment that included public outreach, an analysis of CAPERs and impediments to development. The Consolidated Plan complied with HUD requirements and complemented the City’s Housing Element.



National Disaster Resilience Competition — Colorado Grant Project

After Colorado was devastated by wildfires in September 2013, many areas have been struggling to pick up the pieces. The fires took ten lives, thousands of homes, and caused an estimated $3.9 billion in economic damages. Housing Tools helped with the creation of Colorado Community Resilience Partnership Fund, a tool designed to provide relief to distressed communities using a public-private partnership. The goal is to meet the pressing needs of distressed areas, as well as to build communities which are more disaster-resilient.


Continuum of Care Coordination

Housing Tools has provided Coordinator services for the Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care. This is a consortium of government and nonprofit organizations in Butte County that coordinates resources to fight homelessness. The Coordinator role involves submission of the annual Consolidated CoC Appplication to HUD, oversight of the application review and ranking, technical assistance, drafting of policies and procedures, coordination with the HMIS Lead Agency, and overall collaboration with CoC members to end homelessness in Butte County.



Butte CoC 10-Year Strategy to End Homelessness

Housing Tools directed the creation of a 10-Year Strategy to End Homelessness for the Butte Countywide Continuum of Care, funded by the Sierra Health Foundation. The Strategy was developed through an extensive public outreach process that involved a number of public workshops throughout the County, and close collaboration with homeless housing and service providers. The Strategy was encapsulated with a concise planning document that identifies goals, objectives and next steps for a number of creative solutions customized to the particular needs and resources of the community.