About Us

CHIP is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation serving Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Shasta, Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties. "Helping People Help Themselves” is CHIP’s mission. We assist low-income and rural disadvantaged residents, seniors and others who lack financial resources or knowledge to improve or provide adequately for their housing. Here’s what we do:

  • Construct mutual self-help (sweat equity) housing and affordable multi-family apartment housing
  • Manage rental properties we build and properties owned by others (17 properties total)
  • Provide education and services to residents
  • Build and enhance communities

Our organization has built more than 2000 housing units in our seven-county service area and is acknowledged as an innovator and leader in rural housing issues.

Chico Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) began as a partnership between CSU Chico and the City of Chico, founded in 1973 by Jim Jessee, Keith Hopkins, Bill Murphy and Kevin Campbell. In 1991 the articles were amended to change the name to Community Housing Improvement Program, Incorporated. CHIP’s original purpose was to improve a small neighborhood south of campus through a housing rehab program. In 1980, we diversified operations by becoming a USDA Self-Help Housing grantee, and expanded to several counties.

CHIP receives most of its funding from state, federal, and local government grants and contracts. The Board of Directors consists of 12 volunteers who represent a cross-section of the communities that CHIP represents. CHIP holds a General B contractor's license that allows us to perform construction as well as obtain permits.