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Chico City Council looking at new Homeless Work Plan

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Chico City Council looking at new Homeless Work Plan
The Chico City Council is discussing a new homeless work plan.
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A plan to provide jobs for the homeless is gaining support in the city of chico.

Action news now reporter amy lanski talked to homeless people about whether they'd use this program as an alternative to panhandling.

I talked to dozens of homeless people downtown... most didn't want to go on camera... but all said they think this plan is a great idea.

John shaw- u.s. veteran - now homeless "an idle mind is the devil's play palace.

As long as someone is working and they are getting paid to do it and they like to work... then yeah."

John shaw is a veteran who has been homeless for years.

"i rely on social security, that is enough to get me by, well if i can find afforable living."

Shaw is almost 80 years old and says he thinks the program would be a great way to help people get off the streets and get some money in their pockets.

He's not the only one.

Patrick goreman - "i think it is a wonderful idea, i would like to get involved with it, and be a part of that structure."

Patrick goreman said it's not only physically exhausting being homeless... but mentally.

"you feel so lost because you have no place to go, thank god for the churches around here, you can go to the churches and pray to mother mary."

Goreman says he supports the idea because it'll give people something to do.

"nobody likes to just sit around and do nothing and watch the time go by.

Time goes by whether you are working or not, so rather be working and doing something and providing yourself and your commmunity things to do, a livlihood.

You can't just sit on the sidewalk and wait for the world to take care of you.

You have to get up and move."" # councilman scott huber says he hopes this program will help homeless who have had trouble finding jobs..

He says it can help them get started.

Reporting from chico.

Amy lanski.

Action news now.

Councilmember scott huber said chico mayor randall stone has approved forming a committee to discuss the issue -- it will be agendized at a future city council meeting.#




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