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A Dream Becoming a Reality

Posted by Cristina Calva | January 22, 2020

The following story was told to us in Spanish, to read it in its original language, please continue scrolling .

La siguiente historia nos la dijeron en español, si gustaría leer lo en el idioma original lo puede encontrar después de la versión en Ingles.

 

Aleida and her children moved into their new home on December 13, 2019, just in time to celebrate Christmas there. Their house is part of the Stonefox Ranch affordable housing development in Corning, CA. When I asked Aleida how she felt when she got the keys to her house, she said, “I felt very emotional because it was one of my dreams to own my own house and I never thought that I would be able to accomplish that dream so soon.” As I was speaking with Aleida, it was easy to see the pride she had being a homeowner. “I have always rented and it’s very uncomfortable to live in a place that’s not really yours. When I applied (for the Self-Help Homeownership Program), I had cancer and I thought I was going to die, but I pushed myself and I was able to overcome it.”

 

Between the time Aleida applied and started construction on her home, she had beaten cancer. “It was a beautiful experience,” she shares about the construction process. “I had never even used a hammer or anything like that. I am a single mother and people would say that because I am by myself I wouldn’t be able to do anything. But I am the owner of my own home now.” “Homeowner ” is a good look for Aleida, she is still in disbelief that she can wear that title now, especially when she reflects on how hard this past year was for her. “I have suffered a lot but then I say, ‘Wow, I have overcome this.’ It was a dream and now it’s a reality.”

 

Aleida is proud of everything she fought against to be where she is today. “I was doing a lot between being a mother, working and building the home. There were weeks when I didn’t get to spend a whole day with my kids, not one whole day. They wanted me to take them to the park or something, but I couldn’t. It was hard.” Despite all of the long days, Aleida says it was worth it, and she recommends others that are on the fence about it. “I want to share my story so that people can see me and get encouraged that they can do it, too, so that they would be encouraged to apply for this great program.”

 

Aleida’s story is a helpful reminder that sometimes a little help is all that is needed to overcome the challenges we face.


Un Sueño Hecho Realidad

Aleida y sus hijos se cambiaron a su nueva casa el 13 de diciembre del 2019, justo a tiempo para celebrar navidad allí. Su casa es parte de Stonfox Ranch, una subdivisión en Corning. Cuando le pregunte a Aleida como se sintió cuando le dieron las llaves de su casa dijo “Me sentí muy emocionada porque era uno de mis sueños ser dueña de mi propia casa y nunca pensé que lo lograría tan pronto.” Cuando estaba hablando con Aleida fue fácil de ver el orgullo que tenia en ser dueña de casa. “Siempre andaba rentando y se siente muy incomodo, cuando solicite yo (para el programa de Self-Help Homeownership) estaba batallando con cáncer y pensé que me iba a morir, pero me di ánimo y lo sobre pase.”

 

Entre el tiempo que Aleida solicito para el programa y cuando empezó a construir ya estaba curada del cáncer. “Fue una experiencia muy bonita,” comenta sobre la experiencia de construir su casa, “yo nunca había hecho algo así, nunca había martillado ni nada de eso, aprendí mucho. Yo soy madre soltera y la gente me decía que porque estoy sola no iba a poder lograr nada, pero si pude, ya soy dueña de mi propia casa.” Ser dueña de casa le queda bien a Aleida, pero todavía no lo puede creer especialmente cuando piensa lo difícil que fue el año pasado. “He sufrido mucho pero luego digo ‘Wow, ya logré esto.’ Era un sueño y ya es una realidad.”

 

Aleida está orgullosa de todo lo que ha superado para estar donde esta hoy. “Estaba haciendo mucho, trabajando y construyendo la casa. Había semanas que no tenia un día con mis hijos, querían que los llevara al parque o algo, pero no podía. Fue difícil.” A pesar de todo Aleida dice que valió la pena y recomienda a otros que lo están considerando que lo hagan. “Quero compartir mi historia para que la gente me vea y que sepan que ellos también lo pueden hacer, que se animen a solicitar para este gran programa.”

 

La historia de Aleida es un buen recordatorio que a veces un poco de ayuda es todo lo que necesitamos para superar los obstáculos que enfrentamos.  

CHIP Receives $20,000 Grant for Rebuilding Paradise Community Village

Posted by Mark Montgomery | November 21, 2019

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Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) has received a $20,000 grant from United Way of Northern California (UWNC) to help CHIP fund staffing costs for rebuilding the Paradise Community Village rental property.

 

The grant will help pay for time CHIP’s staff will spend on rebuilding the property that was lost due to the Camp Fire. The building plans will be updated to include necessary design modifications to meet new energy efficiency, fire safety, and building code standards.

 

“This grant will help us respond strategically to the recovery of the Town of Paradise,” said Seana O’Shaughnessy, president/CEO of CHIP. “We are grateful for the generosity of United Way of Northern California and their commitment to helping the Paradise community rebuild. At a critical time for the entire region, it’s a privilege to have the Paradise Community Village property be a part of the solution for healthy, affordable housing in Paradise.”

 

CHIP anticipates the new building will house around 100 residents within its 36 units. The property will support individuals and families.

 

“The areas affected by the Camp Fire need housing now more than ever,” said Desiree Gonzalez, UWNC’s Development Director in Butte & Glenn Counties.  “CHIP is a proven leader in affordable housing in the North State and provides a mix of self-help homeownership and rental housing opportunities for people who otherwise may not be housed. Paradise Community Village was a beautiful multifamily property and United Way is proud to have a part in helping CHIP rebuild.”

 

About Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP)

Since 1973, CHIP has developed more than 2,700 affordable housing units in its seven-county service area, which includes Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Shasta, Yuba and Sutter Counties. CHIP also partners with other agencies to provide on-site resident social and educational services to those who live in CHIP’s rental housing. CHIP is a network member of NeighborWorks America. www.chiphousing.org

 

About United Way of Northern California

United Way of Northern California (UWNC) was established in Redding in 1953 and serves nine counties: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity. Its mission is to fight for the education, income and health of all residents in the community. UWNC is active in disaster relief and recovery, raises funds for non-profit agencies and operates two 24/7 human services helplines: 2-1-1 Shasta and 2-1-1 Tehama, collectively known as 2-1-1 NorCal. For more information about United Way of Northern California visit www.norcalunitedway.org.

Camp Fire Remembrance

Posted by Mark Montgomery | November 08, 2019

Today marks the day of remembrance for the Camp Fire. We remember this day with heavy hearts. 

 

In the past year, we've seen incredible kindness and generosity shared with our community and CHIP.  Friends, colleagues, and strangers from across the state and country have reached out to us to provide moral support and funding. One nonprofit decided to forgo a holiday party and sent us what they would have spent, with staff chipping in their Secret Santa gift allowance. People came here from all over to lend a hand. A year later, we still feel enveloped by their love and support. 

 

Ravaged by the fire, the Paradise Community Village was lost but not forgotten. As we come together to work on the recovery, we reflect on our commitment to bring Paradise residents affordable housing. We recognize the significance of being connected to a place you call home and eagerly await the opportunity to break ground once more.

 

We are amid the early planning stages to rebuild. There is no doubt in our minds that together, we can bring healthy, affordable housing back to Paradise. We hope you will join us and support the rebuilding of Paradise Community Village.

 

Thank you for your continued care and support that has helped us meet the pressing housing needs of our region.

COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (CHIP) RECEIVES $560,000 IN GRANTS FOR CAMP FIRE HOUSING…

Posted by Gayle Palys | October 02, 2019

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CHIP gets grant to help rebuild Paradise Community Village

Posted by Gayle Palys | October 02, 2019

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Get Tickets Now for CHIP’s Rock the House Gala

Posted by Nicole Powers | August 07, 2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

August 7, 2019

CHICO—Community Housing Improvement Program seeks sponsors for its 2018 Rock the House Gala on Saturday, November 2 at Sierra Nevada Big Room. This year’s theme is “Rebuilding for the Future,” and will celebrate what CHIP is doing to rebuild the community after the Camp Fire.

Last year’s event was canceled because of the fire but with the help of sponsors and other donors, CHIP was able to distribute $74,000 to Camp Fire survivors and seed a Rebuild Fund. Funds raised from this year's event will continue to support CHIP's affordable rental housing, resident services and self-help homeownership programs. 

The evening features, dinner, music and dancing, silent auction, 50/50 raffle and no-host beer and wine bar. More than 250 people are expected to attend.  The event is in its fifth year, and past major sponsors include Tri Counties Bank, Sierra North Valley Realtors, Community Economics, Inc., and NeighborWorks America.  Sponsorships and individual tickets may be purchased securely online here. If you prefer to mail in your payment, please download the sponsorship form.

Sponsorship levels include tickets to the event and more. Sponsors of $1000 or more get VIP seating.

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities, farmworker housing and other housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,600 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

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For more information, contact:

Seana O’Shaughnessy

sosh@chiphousing.org

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Corning grows family-friendly community despite poverty concerns

Posted by Nicole Powers | August 05, 2019

By NATALIE HANSON| nhanson@chicoer.com | Chico Enterprise-Record

This story is part of a weekly series on the housing crisis in Butte County.

CORNING — The city of Corning, tucked between Chico and Redding, has faced many changes in the past few years with little growth. With its population of families recently increasing, however, the community remains tight-knit with a heightened focus on old-fashioned events that bring the town together. READ MORE

A city waiting to grow: Orland’s housing crisis

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 23, 2019


By NATALIE HANSON | nhanson@chicoer.com | Chico Enterprise-Record
PUBLISHED: July 21, 2019 at 4:53 am | UPDATED: July 22, 2019 at 1:29 pm
 

ORLAND — Peter Carr is well acquainted with the housing crisis currently facing Butte County.

The city he manages, Orland, has waited years to add thousands of new homes. After the Camp Fire, those homes are needed more than ever in Orland and in other rural towns near Chico.

As the city manager of Orland since 2012, Carr has seen many new developments since the easing of 2008’s Great Recession. He speaks with pride about the town’s history and work toward growth, including the recent rebranding of the city as the Queen Bee Capital, inspiring new landmarks like The Hive and celebrations like the Queen Bee Harvest this year.

He’s also tired of seeing the city passed over, as he sees it, in many ways, by builders and business chains alike. Over 200 acres of land stand ready for development and possible housing around the city, with some parcels purchased and subsequently abandoned since the recession.

The problem often lies in high land prices, which often concern potential builders, Carr said.

Meanwhile, availability suffers with no solutions in sight. Orland’s vacancy rate hovered around 3 percent to 4 percent before the Camp Fire, Carr said. Afterward, it became “virtually none.” (FULL STORY)

CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma hears about housing needs from Redding developers, advocates

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 23, 2019

By Michelle Chandler, Redding Record-Searchlight

The state's top banker, California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, appeared in Redding on Thursday as part of a 10-city "Listening Tour" to hear about what can be done to fortify the region's housing financing needs.

"What we're really trying to do is come and assess what your needs are in your community," Ma told the audience, which included Shasta County government officials, developers, a representative from a Native American tribe, unionized skilled tradespeople and housing advocates for the elderly and low-income. (FULL ARTICLE)

Building a Community

Posted by Nicole Powers | May 03, 2019

Families building homes an Benson Estates in Orland  (photo credit, Glenn County Transcript)
Families building homes an Benson Estates in Orland (photo credit, Glenn County Transcript)

Families begin work at Orland subdivision

By Ruby Larson /rlarson@appealdemocrat.com

The pounding of hammers echoed during the sunny weekend as families began work at a subdivision that is being built in Orland. 

Benson Estates is one of the Community Housing Improvement Program’s mutual self-help communities where families are working to build their future homes. 

Through mutual self-help, or “sweat equity,” families who qualify don’t have to come up with a downpayment, the hours they put in working to build the community’s houses act as the downpayment, said Judy Orozco, self-help housing specialist for CHIP. 

Once the home is built, the mortgage payments are also within reach for low-income families. FULL ARTICLE

CHIP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR STONEFOX SUBDIVISION IN CORNING

Posted by Nicole Powers | May 01, 2019

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May 1, 2019

CORNING- Applications are now available for Community Housing Improvement Program’s subdivision Stonefox Phases two and three. Stonefox Phase 1 is currently under development. The 54 available lots are located off Solano and Stonefox Streets on Clear Creek Street.

   Under CHIP’s self-help program, families build their homes in groups of five to nine under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes about a year. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in.

   The income limit is $47,900 for 1-4 person households and $63,250 for 5-8 person households.  Visit www.chiphousing.org to download an application or call 530-891-6931.

   House plans include 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom models with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders must make at or below 80 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

   This development is made possible with the following partners: USDA Rural Development, Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and NeighborWorks America. To apply or for more information, visit www.chiphousing.org/homeownership , email mmojica@chiphousing.org or call 530-891-6931. 

Since 1973, CHIP has developed more than 2,600 affordable housing units in its seven-county service area, which includes Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Shasta, Yuba and Sutter Counties. CHIP also partners with other agencies to provide on-site resident social and educational services to those who live in CHIP’s rental housing. CHIP is a network member of NeighborWorks America.

 

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Judy Orozco

jorozco@chiphousing.org

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U.S. BANK AWARDS CHIP $15K FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Posted by Nicole Powers | April 09, 2019

U.S. Bank's Branch Manager Sally Needham-Mendez presents a $15,000 check to CHIP's Director of Rental Housing, Kris Zappettini
U.S. Bank's Branch Manager Sally Needham-Mendez presents a $15,000 check to CHIP's Director of Rental Housing, Kris Zappettini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

April 9, 2019

CHICO—U.S. Bank donated a $15,000  Community Possible grant to Community Housing Improvement Program to fund emergency preparedness and evacuation plans for residents and staff at CHIP’s affordable rental housing communities.

Partnering with organizations like fire departments and the Red Cross, CHIP will develop an evacuation plan that fits each property. CHIP will put systems in place to make sure all residents affected by an emergency in progress receive accurate information and a plan that helps them prepare with the most essential items they’ll need after an evacuation.

CHIP owns and/or manages 16 affordable rental housing communities in seven counties. These properties serve seniors, people with disabilities and families with low incomes. During the Camp Fire, CHIP lost Paradise Community Village and 89 tenants were displaced. CHIP also was affected by the CARR Fire and the Oroville Dam evacuation.

 “Helping people help themselves is CHIP’s motto, and there is no better helper than that one who is prepared, says Resident Services Specialist Washington Quezada. “If the “new normal” for California is regular natural disasters, then we have to prepare ourselves and everyone around us. We are grateful to U.S. Bank for helping us do that.”

U.S. Bank’s corporate giving and engagement platform Community Possible, focuses on closing the gap between people and possibility in the areas of Work, Home and Play. Read more at www.usbank.com/communitypossible.

Since 1973, CHIP has developed more than 2,600 affordable housing units in its seven-county service area, which includes Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Shasta, Yuba and Sutter Counties. CHIP also partners with other agencies to provide on-site resident social and educational services to those who live in CHIP’s rental housing. CHIP is a network member of NeighborWorks America.

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For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

530. 891.6931 x249

Young Murphy Commons Resident and Butte College Student Plans to Become a Surgeon

Posted by Nicole Powers | March 11, 2019

Murphy Commons Resident Marlynn Bradley with Resident Manager Steve Karnowski
Murphy Commons Resident Marlynn Bradley with Resident Manager Steve Karnowski

Marlynn Bradley moved into Murphy Commons Apartments (owned and managed by CHIP) in Chico at the age of 11, when the property first opened in 2007. She shares an apartment with her grandmother.

Marlynn, who is now 22, was recently accepted into UC Davis as a pre-med student with the goal of becoming a surgeon. She completes her second year at Butte College in May of 2019. She works on campus in the biology stockroom and grades chemistry homework as a teachers’ aide. On top of that, she has an internship and is part of the MESA (Math, Engineering & Science Achievement) Club at Butte College.

She began as an art major but became interested in biology after taking it as part of her general education. “I said, wow! This is what I want to do. I took chemistry and loved it,” she said. “So I just continued taking more upper-division science courses.”

A first-generation college student, Marlynn also took inspiration from her mother, a CNA, and her older sister who is studying to be a physician’s assistant.

Marlynn said she participated in many of Murphy Commons’ resident services events growing up, including participating in Chico State’s “F.U.N.” (Family University Night) program. CHIP has a longtime partnership with Chico State’s Child Development Program, and students visit once a week to organize educational afterschool programs and homework help for young residents. “All the staff, like Washington (CHIP’s resident services specialist) I’ve known since I was little,” she said. “They are like part of the family, and I know everyone who lives here.”

She also has warm regards for Steve, Murphy Commons’ resident manager. “Steve is very involved, and he knows everyone, which is rare for a manager. Not just their names and what units they are in, but he is interested in their personal lives.”

When she’s not working or going to school, Marlynn likes eating sushi and going to the movies with her “science friends.” Her hero is Maya Angelou. In addition to Davis, has also applied to UCLA and UC Berkeley and is waiting to hear back. She is interested in both cardiovascular and trauma surgery. She added, “I’m hoping once I get to med school that will help clear it up!” 

Congratulations to Marlynn on your current and future success! 

CHIP PRESENTS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND PARTNER AWARDS

Posted by Nicole Powers | February 14, 2019

Top: Suzanne Lawry-Hall and Jona Pressman of UCCE, Washington Quezada of CHIP, Sonia Rodriguez and Rita Palmer of UCCE. Bottom: Jeffrey Rabo, RAR, Debbie Villasenor, Housing Consultant, Herb Votaw and Ken Skillman of RAR.
Top: Suzanne Lawry-Hall and Jona Pressman of UCCE, Washington Quezada of CHIP, Sonia Rodriguez and Rita Palmer of UCCE. Bottom: Jeffrey Rabo, RAR, Debbie Villasenor, Housing Consultant, Herb Votaw and Ken Skillman of RAR.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

February 14, 2019

CHICO—Community Housing Improvement Program presented two organizations with a 2018 Outstanding Service Award and Outstanding Partner Award. UC Cooperative Extension and Rolls, Anderson & Rolls accepted the awards at CHIP’s Midwinter Gathering February 7, 2019.

These awards go to individuals or organizations whose work significantly helps carry out CHIP’s mission of providing affordable housing and related services to the North State. They were originally slated for presentation at CHIP’s fall fundraiser that was canceled due to the Camp Fire.

UCCE was nominated for Outstanding Service by our Resident Services Department with the following rationale:

“UCCE has been one of our most consistent partners since the beginning of the Resident Services Program. Their staff is very creative and always willing to adapt to the needs of our residents and to the different cultures that are represented in the apartments.”

CHIP’s Self-Help program nominated Rolls, Anderson & Rolls for Outstanding Partner:

“Rolls, Anderson & Rolls consistently provides exceptional dedication, oversight, and commitment to our projects.  They are brilliant problem solvers, work tirelessly, and are just as committed as our organization to the successful development of housing opportunities for north state households. Their expertise and tenacity is unmatched.  They are incredible partners to have working with us!”

Since 1973, CHIP has developed more than 2,600 affordable housing units in its seven-county service area, which includes Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Shasta, Yuba and Sutter Counties. CHIP also partners with other agencies to provide on-site resident social and educational services to those who live in CHIP’s rental housing. CHIP is a network member of NeighborWorks America.

 

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For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

530. 891.6931 x249

COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM WELCOMES NEW CEO

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 30, 2019

Photo of Seana O'Shaughnessy by Amy Evans Photography
Photo of Seana O'Shaughnessy by Amy Evans Photography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

January 31, 2019

CHICO—Community Housing Improvement Program extends a warm welcome to its new President and CEO Seana O’Shaughnessy, who takes the reins February 19. 

O’Shaughnessy is originally from Butte County, but spent several years leading affordable housing organizations in the Bay Area. She worked as the executive director for Rebuilding Together Peninsula from 2007-2015, and as a community development coordinator for the City of South San Francisco prior to that. She relocated to Chico in 2015 with her husband and daughter and served as the director for Rebuilding Together, Western Region. She also serves on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors. Seana holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Holy Names University and a master’s degree in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence.

“Seana’s colleagues have described her as having integrity, inspirational leadership qualities and a personal commitment to helping people,” said Dave Burkland, chair of CHIP’s board of directors. “We are impressed by her warmth and skills and feel she will make an excellent leader for our team. She also has the track record of establishing partnerships, which can help our community deal with the affordable housing crisis.”

"I am thrilled and honored to join the tremendous team at CHIP,” O’Shaughnessy said. “For over 45 years, CHIP has worked to address the housing needs of low-income individuals and working families in the north state.  I look forward to building on the legacy of long-time CEO, Dave Ferrier, as we seek to solve the region's affordable housing crisis and rebuild after our recent devastating Carr and Camp Fires.”

Since 1973, CHIP has developed more than 2,600 affordable housing units in its seven-county service area, which includes Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Shasta, Yuba and Sutter Counties. CHIP also partners with other agencies to provide on-site resident social and educational services to those who live in CHIP’s rental housing. CHIP is a network member of NeighborWorks America. 

 

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For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

530. 891.6931 x249

Camp Fire Survivor Finds New Home With CHIP

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 23, 2019

Franceine Wells, new resident manager at Lucian Manor Senior Apartments in Chico
Franceine Wells, new resident manager at Lucian Manor Senior Apartments in Chico

Franciene Wells woke up early around 4 a.m. on the day of the Camp Fire and began her day like any other, spending time with her cat and preparing for her job as a property manager in Paradise. Wells, who says she didn’t have a radio and didn’t normally watch the local news, went to work as usual.

Later that morning, she noticed a resident hurrying off but didn’t think much about it. It was her maintenance man who finally warned her about the fire, then her company owner called and said staying was not an option.

“When I walked out the door it was completely black, but just behind us was this huge red glow that extended up high into the air, it was almost beautiful until one realized it was buildings on fire on the street below.” She said.

She knocked on residents’ doors and had enough time to grab a few things before fleeeing in her car down Clark Road with less than a quarter tank of gas. “The gas stations were packed solid,” says Wells, who decided it would be better to leave than wait and be unable to re-enter the flow of traffic and possible not be able to get out. “I just had to pray and go.”

Clark was packed and not moving, so she decided to make her escape across secondary streets to Skyway which was slow but moving faster than Clark. She had relatives in Oroville and was lucky to make it all the way there in about two and a half hours.

“I give credit to my maintenance man for saving my life,” Wells says. “If it hadn’t been a day the office was open, I probably would have slept through it.”

Wells, who has been in property management since 1988, said she immediately set to work finding a new position. CHIP was one of the three employers who called. “I came in for the CHIP interview and was soon offered a position here with you.  It’s a miracle,” she said.

She accepted and is now the new resident manager at Lucian Manor Senior Apartments in Chico.

“So here I am, starting again and making new friends. The tenants are a blessing.  I believe they identify with me because I too am a senior.”

Welcome to the CHIP family, Franciene!

CHIP GIVES BACK TO CAMP FIRE VICTIMS

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 15, 2019

CHIP's Interim CEO Kris Zappettini presents a $7200 check to  Guillermo Sandoval  for Tri Counties Bank's  Camp Fire Fund.
CHIP's Interim CEO Kris Zappettini presents a $7200 check to Guillermo Sandoval, VP and CRA/Fair Lending Officer for Tri Counties Bank's Camp Fire Fund.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

January 15, 2018

 

CHICO—Community Housing Improvement Program recently donated nearly $70,000 to support Camp Fire Survivors.

In November CHIP lost Paradise Community Village, its newer 36-unit affordable housing community in the Camp Fire. Nearly 100 residents and staff lost their homes in this disaster.

CHIP had planned to celebrate its 45th Anniversary at its annual Rock the House gala, which was canceled due to the fire. CHIP sent a message to sponsors and ticket holders offering refunds and promised to donate twenty percent of net income from this event to the Tri Counties Bank Camp Fire Fund. Donors allowed CHIP to keep the money and CHIP was able to present Tri Counties Bank with a $7,200 check from the proceeds for their Camp Fire Fund.

Additionally, CHIP focused its end of year giving campaign on Camp Fire recovery, and to date has distributed $60,500 to displaced low-income tenants of Paradise Community Village and to staff who lost their homes. CHIP has also raised more than $120,000 for a rebuild fund. Assistance has come from foundations, organizations and individuals from across the country, as well as locally. North Valley Community Foundation donated $25,000 to CHIP’s resident victims’ fund.

“CHIP has worked nonstop to help with both short-term and long-term needs stemming from this tragedy,” says Desiree Gonzalez, CHIP’s communications and fundraising manager. “We tracked our residents so we could keep in touch with them and provided funds to help get them back on their feet. For the long-term, we plan to be part of the solution to replace and increase the much-needed affordable housing that was lost in our service area.”

Since 1973, CHIP has developed more than 2,600 affordable housing units in its seven-county service area, which includes Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Colusa, Shasta, Yuba and Sutter Counties. CHIP also partners with other agencies to provide on-site resident social and educational services to those who live in CHIP’s rental housing.

If you would like to make a donation, visit www.chiphousing.org/donate or send a check to 1001 Willow Street, Chico CA 95928 attention Desiree Gonzalez.

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For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

530. 891.6931 x249

‘It’s like we don’t exist’: California’s invisible rural housing crisis

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 03, 2019

By Martin Kuz, Christian Science Monitor

Much has been written about the housing shortage in US cities from Boston to Boise. But behind the headlines, an unnoticed crisis is growing in America’s countryside. Full Article

How Northern California’s destructive wildfires could exacerbate the state’s housing crisis

Posted by Nicole Powers | December 05, 2018

By Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times

Northern California’s recent wildfires have burned homes at a greater pace than developers are building them, deepening a housing shortage that already has left millions struggling to find affordable places to live.

Five large wildfires over the past 14 months, with November’s Camp fire the most devastating, have destroyed nearly 21,000 homes across six counties...full article 

Open Letter from a CHIP Staffer and Camp Fire Victim

Posted by Nicole Powers | December 03, 2018

The Powers Family in the Snow
The Powers Family in the Snow

Editor's note: One of our staff members, Nicole Powers, and her family lost everything in the Camp Fire. In an effort to help, another staffer registered her family for an Adopt-A-Family Christmas program. Nicole wrote this letter for the program, but we asked if we could share it as a personal experience story. For the record, Nicole has gone above and beyond to help many people, including those who are homeless,  get into rental housing with CHIP. 

By Nicole Powers

Before the Fire:

My husband and I had pretty rough childhoods and both dropped out of high school. Before meeting him, I was a single mother of a beautiful four-year-old girl. My husband and I met in 2008 and instantly hit it off. He quickly took the role of the only father my daughter will have ever known. We struggled a lot. When I met him I was enrolled at Oroville Adult trying to finish getting my High School Diploma. I finished earning my High School diploma in 2009 and then enrolled at Butte College. While working a full-time waitressing job I started at Butte and work relentlessly to do well in school. I was aiming to get a degree in Office Administration. I ended up getting this wonderful opportunity to work at the Police Academy at Butte College as an intern. This was an amazing experience. We ended up getting a nicer and nicer rental as the years went on. Finally I graduated with three associates degrees and my husband a year prior with a certificate in heavy equipment operating.

Paradise was my husband’s hometown, and we moved back up there after getting married in 2011. At the time of the fire, we lived in a three-bedroom three-bathroom house on Edwards Lane. We spoke about renters insurance a week prior. We didn't have the $240 they wanted to add it to my car insurance so we told them that we would call them back, then never followed through. Things couldn’t have been better before the fire. I am working for a non-profit and my husband was working for his father’s business. My daughter was deeply involved in her cheerleading and just got second place in competition and placed in Nationals.

During the Fire:

The morning of the fire was a completely odd morning. I woke up a bit late and left for work. At this time, no one realized what was happening. My daughter walked to the bus stop and my husband left for work. I left at 6:30 a.m. At about 8 a.m. I got a call from my husband telling me that they were heading back home because we might have to evacuate Paradise. I did not think much of this because the year prior we had an evacuation warning and it was lifted before we even got into the car. He called me no more than 10 minutes later and told me that he thinks that I should go home because he is still far away.  I left my job and headed up the hill. I still was not panicked. I was just thinking that this would be like the last time. I got home and grabbed a couple of laundry baskets just like last time. I started grabbing random things that I thought that I needed to pack. This is when my phone rang again. It was my sister in law. She called me and started yelling at me not to go home. This is when my heart sunk into my chest. She said that the trees by Safeway are on fire. She told me that she was going to go get my daughter from school. She has never told me this before. This is when started packing faster. I grabbed more useless stuff and threw it in my baskets when my phone rang again. It was my sister in law telling me that she was stuck and could not get my daughter. I panicked, then grabbed my two half empty laundry baskets and dogs and my cat and threw them in my car. I ran back into the house to grab the dog food and got in the car. At this point I realized that the passenger window was open and my cat Harley jumped out. I got out of the car and yelled for her and tried to find her for about 5 minutes but had to leave. I didn’t know how I was going to get to my daughter. As soon as I left, I instantly hit grid lock. The whole city was leaving.

Then my phone rang. It was my daughter. She called from my husband’s phone. This was great news, he got her before I did. Except that she said that fire was falling around them and they are getting in the car now. The fire was on their heels and I was far behind them, knowing the exit to Paradise was closing in. It took them about 10 minutes to tell me that they were safe.

 The next three and a half hours of being stuck in traffic in Paradise with fire everywhere was terrifying. I had my three dogs in the car and was on the phone with my mom and grandma. They prayed the entire time. I could hear explosions all around me. The sky was pitch black and I could not see the fire, but I could tell it was close. I sat in a state of panic for the entire three and a half hours it took me to get to Chico.

My husband and daughter were headed to Oroville. We were forced to go separate ways. I just wanted to be with them. I am not going to lie – I cried like a baby for several hours straight. We finally reunited in Oroville at Sonic. We hugged and cried. We ordered food and went to my mother-in-law’s house. She has a small one-bedroom. At this point we were exhausted and emotionally drained. We soon got word that her apartment was also on evacuation warning, and spent the night on pins and needles. We took her to Modesto to be with her sister to be safe. We couldn’t go too far because we wanted to stay close to work.

It dawned on me that my daughter had nothing when she asked me to pass her the dirty socks she took off and put in my glove box. I called my cousin in Morgan Hill and they offered to take my daughter for a few weeks. We then drove to Sacramento and met my cousin. She took my big dog (Sadie) and my daughter. We then went to another friend’s house in Oroville. The way that the fire was traveling made us have to prepare to evacuate there too –but we never did. We ended up leaving and going to be with my husband’s dad and step-mom’s. They went to Woodson Bridge (RV Park). I spent the next two nights on the futon and my husband slept on the floor in their RV. A few days later my step-mother-in-law tells my they have a trailer for us.

Today: I am at work. My husband is back at work. We now live in a 22 -foot RV trailer. We have not found our Harley. My big dog and my daughter are still in Morgan Hill. She is set to come “home” on Friday.

A little about us-

Me: I feel so much guilt for not spending the little time in the house better. I did not grab one item of my daughter’s. I had one job. To get my animals and grab the essentials. I grabbed junk. Not even socks. I feel guilty that my family is still split up and my cat is still missing.

My Daughter: She is an amazing 13 year old girl who is a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do, she played three years in soccer, two seasons of basketball, spent three years involved in Heartshine, a community service-based pageant program where she did countless hours of community service. Before the fire, her squad had just competed in Cheer Competition. They placed second which qualified them for Nationals in late January 2019. This is likely not going to happen anymore. She remains strong and brave through this whole ordeal. If I could buy her anything right now, I would buy her sterling silver earrings and a hair straightener. She is currently being cared for and has all of her necessities.

My husband: Preston, is 31 years old. He is been the rock. Every once in a while I will see his eyes well up in sadness. He worked so hard for so much and lost it all. His little brother passed away two years ago and I didn’t even grab his funeral handouts or the laptop they were saved on. If I could buy him anything right now it would be a watch. He had a hat collection that he loved. He needs shirts he is a 4x. He prefers plain T-shirts.

Throughout this ordeal everyone has been so kind and generous. Everyone always asking what I need. I need everything and nothing all at the same time. It is so overwhelming to think about and hopefully this gave you an idea.

Thank you for being an ear. I think that writing this helped. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to ask. Anything helps. It is hard to come up with specifics. Generally when we realize we need something we need it immediately.

Still trying to get used to this “new normal.”
 

Thank you.

I appreciate everything. Thank you so much!!
 

-Nicole Powers

Affordable Housing Community Destroyed in Camp Fire

Posted by Nicole Powers | November 28, 2018


By Donna Kimura, Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

A 36-unit affordable housing development was destroyed along with much of its town when the devastating Camp Fire roared through Paradise, Calif., earlier this month.

It’s a tragic loss for the residents and Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), a nonprofit that has built more than 2,600 housing units in the region...(Read More)

Community Housing Program Helps People Help Themselves

Posted by Nicole Powers | November 28, 2018

By Ruby Larson, Glenn County Transcript

Housing is seen as an issue all over California. 

The Community Housing Improvement Program works to provide affordable housing and related services to low-income households.

“Affordable housing is in great demand and a primary focus at the local, state and national levels,” said Kris Zappettini, interim president and CEO of CHIP, in an email.

CHIP serves seven counties, including Glenn County, but began in Chico 45 years ago as Chico Housing Improvement Program.

“CHIP began as a partnership with Chico State to improve a neighborhood south of campus through a housing rehabilitation program,” said Desiree Gonzalez, communications and fundraising manager for CHIP, in an email...(Full Story)

Help Community Housing Improvement Program Rebuild After Camp Fire for Giving Tuesday and Beyond

Posted by Nicole Powers | November 15, 2018

Aerial photo of Paradise Community Village before the Camp Fire.
Paradise Community Village, our 36-unit affordable housing apartment complex, was lost in the Camp Fire.

Dear Friends,

So many people have been devastated by the Camp Fire, and the loss is unfathomable. We sincerely hope this finds you and your loved safe.

Many of our own staff members have lost their homes. Nearly 100 of CHIP’s low-income residents are now displaced as we lost Paradise Community Village Apartments, one of our beautiful, newer 36-unit rental housing developments. These families, individuals and seniors have incomes from 30 percent to 60 percent of the area median income for Butte County, which makes the loss and recovery that much harder for them. What makes this tragedy even worse is that Butte County and California as a whole already lack affordable housing, and this disaster only compounds the existing crisis….probably for years to come. And it is going to be a long-term effort to rebuild, both for us and the rest of the community.

We are so grateful to those of you who have given generously this year, especially those who insisted we keep the funds they spent on our cancelled Rock the House Fundraiser November 16.

We were hesitant at first to offer another opportunity for support, but CHIP’s mission is even more critical than before. There is very little existing housing for people who lost their homes, and our former residents are struggling to come up with deposits and other needs in order to re-establish their lives.  

This Giving Tuesday, we ask you to help us help these people begin to rebuild their lives and to provide assistance to CHIP to begin the long-term endeavor to replace housing that was lost and increase homeownership and affordable rental opportunities in our service area.  All funds donated to CHIP through Giving Tuesday AND throughout the rest of 2018 will be used to support both of these crucial short- and long-term needs for the community. If you would like to help, please visit http://www.chiphousing.org/donate and make your secure donation via credit or debit card. If you would like to send a check, please mail it to 1001 Willow St. Chico CA 95928, attention Desiree Gonzalez. Please make your check payable to CHIP.

Thank you for your support of affordable housing and helping people help themselves.  

On Behalf of the Board and Staff

Community Housing Improvement Program

Rock the House Gala Cancelled Due to Camp Fire

Posted by Nicole Powers | November 13, 2018

Dear CHIP Supporters,

Our hearts go out to the victims of this devastating Camp Fire, and we have decided to cancel our Rock the House event on November 16.

CHIP tenants in Paradise have all become displaced as we have lost Paradise Community Village (36 units of affordable housing) to this devastating event. Many of our own staff members have lost their homes as well. Air quality is very poor in Chico and Sierra Nevada Big Room is using their location to help employees who are victims of the fire.

As a sponsor or ticketholder, CHIP will be happy to refund your money. Should you decided to let us keep your donations, the entire amount you gave will be tax deductible, not just the tax deductible portion, and we are happy to send you new receipts.  Additionally, CHIP will donate 20 percent of net funds raised to the Camp Fire, via Tri Counties Bank‘s Camp Fire Fund.  We also plan to honor our Outstanding Partner and Service award recipients at our post-holiday party in February and will contact those individuals with details. 

At this time, there is very little housing in the area for those displaced, which makes CHIP’s mission more critical than ever.  Please contact dgonzalez@chiphousing.org 530-891-6931 x249 to let me know if you need a refund or would like to leave the funds in place. Responses would be appreciated by November 16.

Thank you for all you do for us, and thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

Desiree Gonzalez,

Communication & Fundraising Manager

Community Housing Improvement Program

Get Tickets Now For CHIP’s 45th Anniversary and Rock the House Gala at Sierra Nevada Big Room

Posted by Nicole Powers | October 16, 2018

CHICO—Celebrate Community Housing Improvement Program’s 45th Anniversary at its Rock the House Gala on Friday, November 16 at Sierra Nevada Big Room from 6-10 p.m.

This year’s theme “Through the Decades” celebrates the past 45 years with dinner, music from the 70s through today, costume contest, silent auction, no-host beer and wine bar and 50/50 raffle. More than 200 people are expected to attend.  Guests are encouraged to dress in costume from their favorite decade. 

Individual tickets are $75 each and will not be sold at the door. Major sponsors include Tri Counties Bank, Sierra North Valley Realtors, NeighborWorks America, Community Economics, Inc. and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Some sponsorships are still available. Download the sponsorship form and pay securely online at CHIPhousing.org

Each sponsorship level includes tickets to the event and more. Sponsors of $1000 or more get VIP seating. Ticket and sponsorship sales close October 31.

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities, farm worker housing and other housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has developed more than 2,600 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

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For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org  

891.6931 x249

Eight Families Receive Keys in Cottonwood

Posted by Nicole Powers | October 10, 2018

By Sade Brown, KRCR NEWS

COTTONWOOD, Calif. — Eight families became new homeowners on Thursday, Oct. 4, as they moved into their brand new homes, thanks to a non-profit corporation called "Community Housing Improvement Program," also known as "CHIP."

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Eight Shasta County Families Become Homeowners This Month

Posted by Nicole Powers | September 26, 2018

Photo of people framing a house.
Photo of Longspur families by new homeowner Roxi Mueller.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

September 26, 2018

                                                         

COTTONWOOD—On Thursday, October 4, eight families move into new homes they helped build through Community Housing Improvement Program. Representatives from USDA and CHIP will meet with the families to sign final paperwork so the new homeowners can move in immediately to their new Longspur subdivision on Sadie Lane at 11:30 a.m.

Under CHIP’s self-help program, families build their homes in groups of five to nine families under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes about a year. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in.

House plans included 3-5 bedrooms priced between $200,000-$204,000, with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders must make at or below 80 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

CHIP is currently building in Corning as well, and maintains an interest list for other locations. For more information, visit chiphousing.org

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,600 housing units in the North Valley since 1973 and celebrates its 45th anniversary this year.

 

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For more information, contact:

Judy Orozco

jorozco@chiphousing.org 530.891.6931x233

or

Raquel Calva

rcalva@chiphousing.org 530.891.6931x226

Gimme Shelter: Real Housing Solutions for our Community

Posted by Nicole Powers | September 12, 2018

   The League of Women Voters of Butte County will host a panel discussion
on the topic of affordable housing at their Fall Coffee & Program on
Saturday, September 29 beginning at 9:30 am at the Pleasant
Valley (PV) Recreational Center, 2320 North Avenue in Chico.
   This panel presentation will concentrate on practical solutions to the lack
of affordable housing in our community, including: housing the homeless,
what constitutes low-income affordable housing, and what is and will be
available into the future. The program is free and open to the public.
Invited speakers include Robert Trausch from the Chico Housing Action
Team (CHAT), Charles Withuhn from Simplicity Village, Jennifer Griggs
from the Butte County Continuum of Care, Kris Zappettini from
Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), Ed Mayer from the
Butte County Housing Authority, and Ron Reed, a local attorney. The
panel will be moderated by Sue Hilderbrand, Political Science lecturer,
CSU Chico.
   In addition to hearing from local activists and experts about housing needs
and solutions in our community, the Fall Coffee provides an opportunity to
engage with League members and learn about on-going election activities
including voter registration and candidate forums throughout the County.
For more information about this program or other activities of the League,
call (530) 895-VOTE or visit www.lwvbuttecounty.org.


The League of Women Voters of Butte County, PO Box 965, Chico, CA 95927
530-895-8683 • lwvbutte@gmail.com 

Welcome home: CHIP’s sweat-equity program provides housing

Posted by Nicole Powers | September 07, 2018

Self-Help Homeowner Leanna Pebley at her front door
Self-Help Homeowner Leanna Pebley

By Nicte Hernandez, ChicoSOL

Leanna Pebley, a 2018 Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) client, became a homeowner in March by helping in the construction of her new five-bedroom Orland house. “It is such an amazing feeling to have been a part of the construction of my home,” Pebley said.

“Whenever people are all, ‘Oh Leanna, you own a home now?’, it’s nice to say, ‘Oh, yea, we built it,’” Pebley said. FULL STORY

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $25k to CHIP

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 22, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

June 21, 2018

CHICO—Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded CHIP a $25,000 grant to support financial wellness programs for Community Housing Improvement Program’s low-income rental housing residents.

   Funds will be used to deliver these programs in eight affordable housing communities in Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Sutter and Yuba Counties. The goal is to educate residents about economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy classes, computer tutorials, budget training, SNAP program, making better purchasing decisions, cooking wisely and more.  CHIP will also be using Bank of America’s “Better Money Habits” curriculum.

   Financial stability is a daily issue. These residents are part of the more than 4 million families living in federally-assisted rental housing units earning less than 30 percent of area median income, with the average income of $18,000 a year for a family of four. Single family women, those unemployed and/or lack a high school diploma head many of these households.

   This grant allows CHIP to deliver financial wellness programs to the 1088 residents at these eight rental housing communities. We want to treat the entire family so the information they receive can benefit anyone in the household, regardless of age. CHIP wants to help promote good financial behaviors and has added a special focus on financial education for youth.

            Bank of America has supported CHIP’s resident services program since 2014. We value their partnership which has allowed us to consistently provide and expand our program delivery.

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities, farm worker housing and other housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,500 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 


 

For more information, contact:

Kris Zappettini

kzap@chiphousing.org  

891.6931 x243

Building on a legacy CHIP marks 45 years of affordable housing—and growth

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 21, 2018

L-R: Kris Zappettini, Andy Holcombe and Jill Quezada
L-R: Kris Zappettini, Andy Holcombe and Jill Quezada

By Evan Tuchinsky

Chico News & Review

When Kris Zappettini returned to Chico with a doctorate from Virginia Tech, little did she know that time spent in an aerobics class also would prove significant to launching her career in affordable housing....READ ARTICLE

Families, USDA Celebrate Groundbreaking at Stonefox in Corning During Homeownership Month

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 19, 2018

Photo of families at Stonefox  subdivision in Corning
Families gather at Stonefox subdivision in Corning

From Corning Observer

By Julie R. Johnson/ jjohnson@tcnpress.com

When Corning resident Margaret Barker heard about a Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) coming to town, she got very excited. Like many others, Barker applied for one of the CHIP homes to be built in the Stonefox Ranch subdivision off Hoag Road east of Corning.

“I was so honored to be accepted,” Barker said on Tuesday during the CHIP Phase One ground-breaking ceremony at the subdivision....FULL ARTICLE

CHIP Searching for New CEO

Posted by Nicole Powers | May 18, 2018

A search is under way for a new CEO for Community Housing Improvement Program. This is a fantastic leadership opportunity for an affordable housing leader who appreciates what CHIP has done and needs to continue to do to make sure everyone has a home.

Will you help us spread the word about this leadership opportunity? The announcement PDF may be accessed here

We have hired a search firm, Leadership Search Partners, to recruit highly qualified candidates. If you know of anyone or want to contact LSP with questions, please e-mail Stacey@leadershipsearch.com, or call 510-542-2922.

Thank you in advance for helping to spread this good news!

Support the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act

Posted by Nicole Powers | April 30, 2018

Affordable Housing Now logo

Affordable. Housing. Now. Those three words sum up the cries and demands we all hear across California from people who are crushed by housing costs. For some of us, skyrocketing rents and the lack of affordable housing hits close to home.

We can work together to make affordable housing a reality for more Californians. Join our campaign today and help pass the $4 billion Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act this November. The bond will build homes for veterans, working families, seniors, people with disabilities and Californians experiencing homelessness – maybe someone you know who needs a safe, stable home.

Many of you have been part of this campaign from the start when it was known as SB 3. You made calls, sent emails, visited your legislators in the Capitol and shared personal stories. We need your help to see this bond campaign through to November because passing a bond measure is no easy lift. Co-led by California Housing Consortium, Housing California, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California, this campaign will require a broad coalition of supporters.

Join us today – endorse, organize, stay informed!

ENDORSE. You can endorse the bond as an individual as well as get your organization on board.
ORGANIZE. Use our fact sheet and help us organize a broad, coalition by spreading the word why Californians need this bond to build affordable housing.
STAY INFORMED. Sign up for updates and receive the latest news on our campaign.

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973 and is a member of the NeighborWorks network.

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For more information contact

Desiree Gonzalez, Communications & Fundraising Manager dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

530-891-6931x249

 

Kris Zappettini, Interim President/CEO kzap@chiphousing.org

530-891-6931x243

WOODSTOCK’S HOSTS PIZZA FUNDRAISER FOR CHIP

Posted by Nicole Powers | April 24, 2018

Woodstock's Fundraiser Flier
Woodstock's Fundraiser Flier

CHICO—Join Woodstock’s Pizza and CHIP this Thursday, April 26 between 5-8 p.m. and help CHIP kick off its 45th anniversary. Up to 25 percent of all dine-in and carry-out orders during that time will be donated to Community Housing Improvement Program, Inc. Please be sure to mention CHIP at time of checkout.

A representative from Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s office will present a certificate to CHIP for its 45 years of service to the community. CHIP began as a housing rehab nonprofit in Chico in 1973 and has expanded over the years to construct self-help (sweat equity) housing, develop and manage affordable multifamily apartments, provide service-enriched programs to rental residents, and build and enhance communities.

CHIP will celebrate its anniversary with a few events throughout the year, culminating in the fourth annual Rock the House fundraiser at Sierra Nevada Big Room in the fall.

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973 and is a member of the NeighborWorks network.

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For more information contact

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

530-891-6931x249

SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR CHIP’S 45th ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISER AT SIERRA NEVADA

Posted by Nicole Powers | April 16, 2018

Get information on our 45th Anniversary Fundraiser here!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

Updated 6-8-18

   

CHICO—CHIP seeks sponsors for its 2018 Rock the House fall fundraiser on Friday, November 16 at Sierra Nevada Big Room.

Rock the House—now in its fourth year—features a different annual theme. This year’s theme “Through the Decades” celebrates the past 45 years with dinner, music and dancing, costume contest, silent auction and no-host beer and wine bar. More than 250 people are expected to attend.  

Last year’s major sponsors included Tri Counties Bank, Sierra North Valley Realtors, Community Economics, Inc., Sunseri Construction, Banner Bank and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Insurance.  Download the sponsorship form here or contact Desiree Gonzalez dgonzalez@chiphousing.org 891-6931x249.  You may also purchase them securely online here  chiphousing.ticketleap.com/rock-the-house-2018/

Each sponsorship level includes tickets to the event and more. Sponsors of $1000 or more get VIP seating. Individual tickets will go on sale in August. CHIP also welcomes silent auction donations.

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities, farm worker housing and other housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

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For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org  

891.6931 x249

Seven Orland Families Become Self-Help Homeowners this Month

Posted by Nicole Powers | March 14, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

March 14, 2018

                                                          

ORLAND—Orland families are feeling especially lucky as they move into new homes they helped build through Community Housing Improvement Program.

Seven families get keys to their new homes on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Villa La Michele 3 (Heartland Park)  Subdivision on Jacqueline and Gable Streets. This is the third group in this subdivision—nine families moved in last December, and the subdivision has now sold all 38 lots with 14 still under construction.  Representatives from USDA and CHIP will meet with the families to sign final paperwork so the new homeowners can move in immediately.

Under CHIP’s self-help program, families build their homes in groups of five to nine families under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes about a year. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in.

House plans included 3-5 bedrooms priced around $200,000, with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders must make at or below 80 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

CHIP is now accepting applications for a new 33 unit development in Orland called Benson Estates and maintains an interest list for other areas as well. For more information about self-help housing, visit chiphousing.org

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973 and celebrates its 45th anniversary this year.

 

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For more information, contact:

Judy Orozco

jorozco@chiphousing.org 530.891.6931x233

or

Raquel Calva

rcalva@chiphousing.org 530.891.6931x226

Umpqua Bank Donates $6k to CHIP’s Summer Activity Programs

Posted by Nicole Powers | February 15, 2018

representatives from Umpqua Bank and CHIP holding a giant check
l: Cindie Wright, Umpqua VP Chico Store Manager, Sheryl Tibbitts, Umpqua VP Area Manager; r: Kris Zappettini, CHIP’s Interim President, and Hugh Mattingly, Umpqua VP Relationship Manager CBC North Valley.

Associates from Umpqua Bank  presented a check to Kris Zappettini, interim president of Community Housing Improvement Program on February 15.

This funding supports summer activity programs for children who live in 14 of the CHIP’s rental housing communities in the counties of Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Sutter and Yuba.  The grant funds volunteer stipends, snacks, and materials.

The majority of  renatl housing clients CHIP serves are between 30-50 percent of area median income. During the summer months when school is not in session, the children are looking to fill their free time because very few of the families can afford costly summer programs. Additionally, this period can create a gap in the academic development of the students because without guidance, structure and encouragement, very few of them will read and/or practice math on their own.

 “Thank you so much for supporting the work that we do,” Zappettini told Umpqua.  “The donation will be used to benefit so many children that live at our rental housing communities this summer through the Summer Enrichment Program.  We are very excited to launch this new program with the support of the bank.”

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973 and is a member of the NeighborWorks network.

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 For more information contact:

 Desiree Gonzalez dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

 530.891.6931 x249

Kris Zappettini kzap@chiphousing.org

530.891.6931 x243

A Letter from Dave Ferrier, CHIP’s Former President/CEO

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 29, 2018

To Friends, CHIP Partners and Supporters,

2018 is the 45th anniversary of CHIP’s creation and it will also be a year for CHIP to go through a smooth transition. 

I stepped down as president in February and, as you read this, CHIP is being led by an incredibly capable and highly experienced leadership team, including Interim President Kris Zappettini.  CHIP is also fortunate to have the leadership of Board Chair Dave Burkland, who will lead the effort to permanently fill my old position.

One of the things that I strived for over the past ten years was to create an environment that would facilitate this kind of change and I’m proud to say that this has been a success. 

Almost 35 years ago, in January of 1983, I was fortunate to be hired as CHIP’s Assistant Director by Executive Director Ann Harrington, despite my young age and inexperience.  For ten years, I was able to learn about affordable rental housing, self-help housing, housing rehab, accounting and much, much more. 

In 1993, the CHIP Board trusted me take over the leadership of the organization and I’ve worked hard to repay that trust and lead many amazing, talented and dedicated people to provide incredible housing in the North Valley.  During my tenure at CHIP, we’ve built more than 2,500 housing units which house more than 5,000 people, roughly the size of a community like Orland or Gridley!  We’ve raised more than $.5 Billion over that time to provide projects and programs in eight counties from Chico to Shasta Lake to Linda to Susanville.

Now, 35 years later, it’s time for me to move to the next phase of my life. I’m now the Director of Housing Programs with Rural Communities Assistance Corporation (RCAC), one of CHIP’s longest-term partners.  The position allows me to get back to focusing on housing development and, for Lisa and me, to relocate to the Portland area and be near our children and grandchildren. 

I am very confident in CHIP’s future; the organization is in great hands with the current leadership and staff.  I realize that change can cause uncertainty but I know that CHIP will move forward successfully despite any obstacles.  Change is inevitable and, I believe that change is good and healthy when managed properly.  I am confident in this team to take advantage of this opportunity to grow with the change and become even more successful.

I will continue to be active in affordable housing in California, part of RCAC’s multi-state service area, so our paths may cross again in the future.  I hope that they do.

I am tremendously grateful to all CHIP employees, board members, associate members, friends and partners, past and present, who have supported our efforts over the decades.  I truly recognize that I would have no success in my job without your success.  

 

Thank you again and please stay in touch with me.

Sincerely and with gratitude,

Dave Ferrier

NeighborWorks America Provides Funding, Training and Support for CHIP

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 29, 2018

Board Member Vanessa Haro presents at a NeighborWorks training on Asset Management in December.
Board Member Vanessa Haro presents at a NeighborWorks training on Asset Management in December.

In 2013, CHIP became a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, and during that time we have benefitted from this association for trainings, conferences, funding, and being a part of a large network of similar organizations focused on affordable housing and related services.  In December, 2017, we attended a portfolio strengthening clinic through their National Real Estate Program’s asset management division.  This workshop took place at the NeighborWorks Training Institute in Washington, DC.

Staff members Holly McCormick (Director of Finance and Asset Management), Wendy Phillips (Director of Property Management) and Kris Zappettini (Director of Rental Housing and Interim President) along with Board Member Vanessa Haro (pictured) were the team representing CHIP.  Five adventurous and educational days were spent evaluating portfolio specific issues and opportunities, studying repositioning strategies, and considering other organizational changes to help strengthen both our portfolio and our organization. 

A primary purpose of the training was to establish a clear understanding of the issues and opportunities and to identify key solutions to improve the portfolio’s financial health.  Based upon the training we received from three experienced trainers, CHIP was tasked to develop a plan that would act as the basis for the National Real Estate Program Grant we will submit in March 2018.  Should our application be approved, CHIP will have the opportunity to be awarded funding for the next three years.

The team presented our plan at the end of the training and received feedback and guidance on the proposal.  It was an excellent opportunity for three CHIP departments to collaboratively work on the problem and establish a path towards solutions.  Vanessa was able to gain a better understanding of how to evaluate the financial condition of a property and did an outstanding job presenting on behalf of the group.  Everyone agreed that we learned valuable tools to address both current and future needs of CHIP’s Property Management Portfolio.

More about NeighborWorks:

   NeighborWorks® America, celebrating its 40th Anniversary, is committed to developing and supporting a network of excellence to strengthen communities and transform lives. To ensure that NeighborWorks America is accountable to Congress, OMB, funders and taxpayers for the allocation of grant funds, NeighborWorks America developed a four point system to rate the health and risk of network organizations. Organizations are rated Exemplary, Strong, Satisfactory, or Vulnerable and receive annual offsite review and triennial onsite reviews.

   At its December 2017 Organizational Health Tracking System (OHTS) Committee meeting, NeighborWorks America affirmed that the current Strong rating will be continued for CHIP based on an off-site review that included an assessment of Production and Program Services, Resource and Financial Management, and Organizational Management and Board Governance.

Community Housing Improvement Program Celebrates 45 Years

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 29, 2018

45th Anniversary Logo
CHIP Celebrates 45 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

January 29, 2018

   2018 year marks CHIP’s 45th anniversary!

   Chico Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) began as a partnership between Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) at CSU Chico and the City of Chico, and was founded in 1973 by Jim Jessee, Keith Hopkins, Bill Murphy and Kevin Campbell. CHIP’s original purpose was to improve a small neighborhood south of campus through a housing rehab program.

   In 1980, CHIP diversified operations by becoming a USDA Self-Help Housing grantee, and expanded to several counties. In 1991, we changed our name to Community Housing Improvement Program, Incorporated, which reflects our extended service area. What began as a small grassroots agency serving Chico residents has since become a respected organization known as a leader and innovator in rural housing issues.

   CHIP is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation serving Butte, Glenn, Tehama, Shasta, Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties, assisting 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 a snapshot of our services:

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

CHIP has built more than 2000 housing units in its seven-county service area and is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks America network.

   While much of CHIP’s funding comes from government funding and contracts, grants, donations and sponsorships from businesses and individuals help us provide much-needed services to disadvantaged North State residents: preventing homelessness, enhancing communities and providing upward mobility to residents. Thank you for helping us continue “Helping People Help Themselves” for 45 years! CHIP plans to celebrate this milestone during National Homeownership Month in June and at its 4th annual "Rock the House" fundraiser at Sierra Nevada Big Room Friday, November 16. If your business would like to be a sponsor, please complete this form

   If you would like to make a one-time or monthly recurring donation to CHIP, visit www.chiphousing.org/donate. If you are interested in including us in your major gift planning, contact Desiree Gonzalez 530-891-6931 x249 or email dgonzalez@chiphousing.org.

 

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For more information contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

530.891.6931 x249

CHIP Awards Honors to Outstanding Service and Partners

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 23, 2018

Bernie Perry of Timios Title  (top left) accepts the 2017 Outstanding Partner Award from Dave Ferrier; Nathan Souza of Precision Business Associated (bottom left) Accepts the Outstanding Service Award.
Bernie Perry of Timios Title (top left) accepts the 2017 Outstanding Partner Award from Dave Ferrier; Nathan Souza of Precision Business Associated (bottom left) Accepts the Outstanding Service Award.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

January 23, 2018

CHIP celebrated staff and board members and presented Outstanding Partner and Service Awards at a celebration held at Unwined January 19 in Chico.

Bernie Perry of Timio’s Title accepted the award for 2017 Outstanding Partner. “Bernie has been a partner with CHIP, closing our loans for many, many years now,” said Judy Orozco, a loan packager at CHIP. “Bernie has gone above and beyond helping us at CHIP and also our clients.”

Precision Business Associates’ Nathan Souza accepted the Outstanding Service Award. PBA has provided CHIP with IT services for 12 years. “They are responsive to our computer, internet, and storage needs as well as professionally working with other vendors who interface with their work,” said Interim President Kris Zappettini.  “Nathan Souza, in particular, has worked with CHIP to integrate important changes for security reasons and has suggested important system upgrades to meet our changing needs.”

Both organizations are also sponsors of CHIP’s fundraising efforts.

CHIP also said a formal goodbye to its President/CEO Dave Ferrier at the event.  Dave has been with CHIP for 35 years and has taken a position with Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC). He will move to the Portland area where he can be closer to his children and grandchildren. We will miss him and are grateful for his many years of leadership and advocacy for affordable housing.

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973 and is a member of the NeighborWorks network.

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For more information contact:

Desiree Gonzalez 

530.891.6931 x249

Shasta County Families Build Homes in Cottonwood

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 02, 2018

By David Benda, Redding Record-Searchlight

A number of families are building their future homes in Cottonwood through the Community Housing Improvement Program, or CHIP...READ FULL STORY

Orland Families To Celebrate the Holidays in New Homes

Posted by Nicole Powers | December 14, 2017

By KNVN Action News Now

Nine Orland families are starting off their holidays with one of the best presents you can imagine, a brand new home.

This is all part of the CHIP program, the Community Housing Improvement Program.

It’s a self-help initiative where these families have put in at least 30 hours a week for the past year to build the homes themselves. VIDEO

Program Helps Low-Income Orland Residents Hand-Build and Buy New Homes

Posted by Nicole Powers | December 14, 2017

By KRCR News Channel 7

ORLAND, Calif. - Thanks to the Community Housing Improvement Program, or CHIP, nine families moved into their brand new homes, Wednesday.

Each of the new homeowners put in 30 hours every week for the last year to build the homes themselves on Jacquelyn Drive in Orland...VIDEO

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: CHIP HELPS NINE FAMILIES BECOME HOMEOWNERS IN ORLAND

Posted by Nicole Powers | December 05, 2017

Photo of VLM 3 Groundbreaking in 2016
VLM 3 Groundbreaking in 2016

ORLAND—Several families will celebrate the holidays this year in new homes they helped build through Community Housing Improvement Program.

Nine families get keys to their new homes on Wednesday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Villa La Michele 3 subdivision on Jacqueline and Gable Streets. This is the second phase of VLM3—eight families moved in last month, and the subdivision has now sold all 38 lots with 21 still under construction.  Representatives from USDA and CHIP will meet with the families to sign final paperwork so the new homeowners can move in immediately.

Under CHIP’s self-help program, families build their homes in groups of five to nine families under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes about a year. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in.

House plans included 3-5 bedrooms priced around $200,000, with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders must make at or below 80 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

CHIP also has other developments starting soon and maintains an interest list. For more information about self-help housing, visit chiphousing.org

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

For more information, contact:

Raquel Calva

rcalva@chiphousing.org 530.891/6931x226

or

Judy Orozco

jorozco@chiphousing.org 530.891.6931x233

CHIP’s CEO Dave Ferrier Accepts Position with Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Posted by Nicole Powers | December 04, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

December 4, 2017

 

CHIP’s CEO Dave Ferrier Accepts Position with Rural Community Assistance Corporation

 

CHICO--After 35 years, Community Housing Improvement Program’s President and CEO Dave Ferrier has found a new home.

Ferrier recently accepted the position of Housing Director with Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), one of CHIP’s longest-term partners.  The position will allow him to get focus on housing development and for him and his wife Lisa to relocate to the Portland area near family.  Founded in 1978, RCAC provides training, technical and financial resources and advocacy so rural communities can achieve their goals. 

In January of 1983, Ferrier was hired as CHIP’s Assistant Director by then-Executive Director Ann Harrington. For ten years, he learned about affordable rental housing, self-help housing, housing rehab, accounting and more. In 1993, the CHIP Board entrusted Ferrier to take leadership of the organization. 

“I’ve worked hard to repay that trust and lead many amazing, talented and dedicated people to provide incredible housing in the Sacramento Valley,” he says.  “Now, 35 years later, it’s time for me to move to the next phase of my life and leave CHIP in the hands of the dedicated staff and under the direction of a fantastic Board of Directors.”

CHIP’s CEO transition plan designates the Vice President, Kris Zappettini, as the interim president. Ferrier says, “I trust that Kris will lead the organization with strength and compassion, assisted by CFO Holly McCormick and the rest of CHIP’s Leadership Group.  CHIP is also fortunate to have the leadership of Board Chair Dave Burkland, who will lead the effort to fill the position.”

Ferrier plans to continue to be active in affordable housing in California, part of RCAC’s multi-state service area.

“I am tremendously grateful to all CHIP employees, board members, friends and partners, past and present, who have supported our efforts over the decades,” he adds. “I truly recognize that I would have no success in my job without your success.  I am also very confident in CHIP’s future; the organization is in great hands with the current leadership and staff.  I realize that change can cause uncertainty but I know that CHIP will move forward successfully despite any obstacles.”                              

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

   For more information contact:

   Kris Zappettini kzap@chiphousing.org

   530.891.6931 x243

A place of their own: Self-help housing helps address lack of affordable options

Posted by Nicole Powers | October 11, 2017

Photo Courtesy of Tehama Group Communications

By Jake Abbott, Appeal-Democrat

   After putting in the work to help build them, five local families received keys to their new homes in the Linda area.
It's all a part of a state “mutual selfhelp housing” program that assists low-income families in moving into affordable housing.
   Before receiving the keys on Sept. 27, the families worked sidebyside with the Community Housing Improvement
Program’s construction staff to build the homes...FULL ARTICLE

CHIP Helps Five Families in Linda Become Homeowners

Posted by Nicole Powers | October 02, 2017

Desiree Gonzalez of CHIP (R) hands keys to new homeowners Chad Her and Zer Lee. (Photo by Tehama Group Communications)
Desiree Gonzalez of CHIP (Right) hands keys to new homeowners Chad Her and Zer Lee. (Photo by Tehama Group Communications)

Desiree Gonzalez of CHIP hands keys to new homeowners Chad Her and Zer Lee. Photo credit: Tehama Group Communications

LINDA—Five North State families got keys to new homes last week after working for months to build them. Participants in Community Housing Improvement Program’s (CHIP) mutual self-help housing performed walkthroughs of their homes with USDA Rural Development and signed final paperwork on September 27 at the second phase of CHIP’s Sierra Vista subdivision.

Families build their homes in groups of five or six under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes under a year. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in. 

House plans included 3-5 bedrooms priced around $200,000, with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders from this program must make at or below 80 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

CHIP also has other developments with available lots in Corning and Cottonwood, as well as an interest list for other areas. For more information about self-help housing, contact Judy Orozco at 530-891-6931 x233 or email jorozco@chiphousing.org

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.
 

Get Your Tickets for Rock the House 2017!

Posted by Nicole Powers | August 14, 2017

CHICO—Laissez les bon temps rouler! Get your tickets now for CHIP's 2017 Rock the House gala. The good times roll on Friday evening, November 3 at the Sierra Nevada Big Room.

Rock the House—now in its third year—features a different annual theme. This year it’s “November in NOLA” and features a New Orleans-style party with dinner, live music by Bogg Jazz Collective, a casino for entertainment, silent auction and no-host beer and wine bar. Learn to play craps, roulette or blackjack with Casino Party People. More than 200 people attended last year’s event. Masquerade or other Mardi Gras costumes are encouraged. 

Major sponsors include Tri Counties Bank, Sierra North Valley Realtors, Community Economics, Inc., Sunseri Construction, Banner Bank and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Insurance.Each sponsorship level includes tickets to the event and more. Sponsorships and individual tickets may be purchased below:

 

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CHIP also welcomes silent auction donations. Contact Desiree Gonzalez dgonzalez@chiphousing.org or 530.891-6931x249 for more information. 

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities, farm worker housing and other housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

530.891.6931 x249

Community housing program to build in Corning

Posted by Nicole Powers | August 10, 2017

By Julie Zeeb, Red Bluff Daily News

 

Corning--The Community Housing Improvement Program, or CHIP, allows people to build their own home and is bringing the program for the first time to Corning, with 23 lots up for grabs in the Stonefox Ranch mutual self-help subdivision...(READ MORE)

Subdivision Now Home to CHIP Housing

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 24, 2017

By Julie Johnson, Corning Observer

The motto of “Helping People Help Themselves,” is soon coming to Corning through the implementation of a Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) development at Stonefox Ranch subdivision off east Solano Street.

Gary Bergen of Red Bluff and previous owner of phase one of the subdivision...READ MORE

COMMUNITY HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM TO BUILD IN CORNING

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 12, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

July 12, 2017

                                                          

CORNING—For the first time ever, CHIP is building a mutual self-help subdivision in Corning. CHIP is accepting applications for 23 lots at Stonefox Ranch subdivision on Stonefox and Clear Creek Streets off Solano Street.

 

The income limit is $47,900 for 1-4 person households and $63, 250 for 5-8 person households. Construction is expected to begin in early 2018. Visit www.chiphousing.org to find out more or to join the interest list. 

 

Under CHIP’s self-help program, families build their homes in groups of five to nine families under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes about a year. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in.

 

House plans included 3-5 bedrooms expected to be priced under $200,000, with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders must make at or below 80 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

 

CHIP also has other developments starting soon and maintains an interest list. For more information about self-help housing, visit chiphousing.org

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

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For more information, contact:

Raquel Calva 530.891/6931x226

or 

Judy Orozco 530.891.6931x233

MCCONNELL FUND GRANTS 10K TO IMPROVE RED BLUFF AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 12, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 12, 2017

RED BLUFF—Community Housing Improvement Program accepted a $10,000 grant award for improvements to the community room at Brickyard Creek Apartments in Red Bluff. The McConnell Fund, managed by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation, awarded the funds to CHIP and other organizations in five north state counties.

Brickyard Creek Apartments serves low and very-low income families and individuals, and is owned and managed by CHIP. CHIP will use volunteer help from board members and residents to re-paint the room add computer work stations internet access to and more.

“I’m very excited about this grant,” says Nicole Huff, Brickyard’s resident manager. I think it will make a huge difference for the residents and the community. It will also provide a great space for the parent cafes we are doing through another grant we received. “

“The McConnell Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Grant is a catalyst for change and opportunity at Brickyard Creek Apartments,” says CHIP’s Director of Rental Housing and Property Management Kris Zappettini.  “Board members, residents, staff and other volunteers will help transform the community room into a welcoming space for community events, presentations, computer learning, and educational classes.”

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

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For more information, contact:

Kris Zappettini kzap@chiphousing.org or 530.891.6931x243

Bank of America Charitable Foundation Donates $25k to CHIP’s Financial Wellness Programs

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 08, 2017

CHICO, CA – Bank of America Charitable Foundation has granted Community Housing Improvement Program support for financial wellness programs offered to 6 affordable housing communities in four North State counties.  The $25,000 will pay for program delivery, supplies and staffing, providing 100 percent program support from June 2017-June 2018.

“This is the third year that CHIP has received this generous financial support from Bank of America Charitable Foundation Grant,” said Kris Zappettini, Director of Rental Housing.  “Having sustainable support each year is extremely valuable, and we also appreciate the opportunity to welcome Bank of America volunteers to deliver programs at the apartment communities.”  

The goal of the financial wellness program is to educate residents about economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy classes, computer tutorials, budget training, SNAP Program, making better purchase decisions, cooking wisely, and more. Individual served will be at 60% or below the area median income.  Most of the participants will be at 30%-50% of AMI.

Said Zappettini, “Financial stability is a daily issue our residents face.  They are part of the more than four million families living in federally assisted rental housing units earning less than 30 percent of area median income with the average income of $18,000 a year for a family of four.  Single-family women, those who are unemployed and/or lack a high school diploma, head many of these households.”

According to Shelterforce National Housing Institute, "there is evidence that financial education can improve financial literacy and, even more importantly, change financial behavior for the better.  Financial literacy programs can help families save and build assets and, if done properly and in partnership with financial institutions, can be a direct path to helping families become banked."

“We want to treat the entire family so that the information they received can benefit anyone in the household, regardless of age.” Said Zappettini.  “We want to help promote good financial behaviors that can be modeled and adopted by the younger members of the family.

CHIP plans to work with Bank of America volunteers to deliver question-and-answer based workshops or use the Better Money Habits software. 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

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   For more information contact:

   Kris Zappettini kzap@chiphousing.org

   530.891.6931 x243

NeighborWorks America Awards $150k to Community Housing Improvement Program

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 05, 2017

CHICO, CA – Community Housing Improvement Program, a member of the NeighborWorks network, will receive $150,000 in flexible grants from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, dba NeighborWorks America.  This FY 2017 grant funding (appropriated through Public Law 115-31 – the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017) provides a much-needed boost that will support CHIP’s affordable housing and community development activities. 

CHIP President Dave Ferrier thanked NeighborWorks America and congressional representatives such as Congressmen La Malfa and Garamendi for supplying much needed resources to the rural Sacramento Valley.  “We are able to succeed through these kinds of initiatives," said Ferrier. "CHIP is putting money back into the community in an area that tends to be ignored in California.”

These funds will go towards rental housing improvements to affordable homes in CHIP’s seven county service area as well as assisting in promoting CHIP’s work.

NeighborWorks America is announcing more than $68 million in grants to its network of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located around the country. NeighborWorks organizations will use the grants to develop and manage high-quality affordable housing; make loans to homeowners and small businesses; offer financial coaching, homeownership education and counseling; and revitalize and strengthen communities. 

"We’re committed to being good stewards of taxpayer dollars, and NeighborWorks ensures our investments are working in ways that transform lives,” said Paul Weech, NeighborWorks America president and chief executive officer. 

In fiscal year 2016, the NeighborWorks network assisted 360,000 individuals and families with affordable housing, owned and managed 154,100 rental homes, counseled and educated 115,000 customers, and created more than 53,600 jobs.

For more information about CHIP visit chiphousing.org. For more information about NeighborWorks America go to NeighborWorks.org

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

For More Information Contact:

Desiree Gonzalez dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

530.891.6931 x249/864-7030

CHIP, USDA and PG&E Celebrate National Homeownership Month with Cottonwood Groundbreaking June 1

Posted by Nicole Powers | May 22, 2017

CHIP KICKS OFF NATIONAL HOMEOWNERSHIP MONTH WITH COTTONWOOD GROUNDBREAKING

COTTONWOOD—June is National Homeownership Month, and Community Housing Improvement Program celebrated with a groundbreaking at Longspur Park Subdivision on Sadie Lane, where eight families will begin building new homes.

Those families, staff from USDA Rural Development, and state and local government representatives gathered on Sadie Lane and symbolically broke ground with golden shovels. The event was sponsored by NeighborWorks America and PG&E.

Lisa Lowden is a current tenant of CHIP’s Linden Apartments in Redding, and has been on the interest list for the self-help program for four years. “Everybody I’ve worked with so far has been so kind and so patient, walking us through this step by step,” she said. Matt Bellomo, her neighbor at Linden is also building his home on the lot next to Lisa’s, and they plan to be “forever neighbors.”

Lane Rickard, Senator Ted Gaines’ District Representative, grew up in Cottonwood and is excited to see families constructing affordable housing. He thanked CHIP for “continuing your legacy of helping people.”

Under CHIP’s self-help program, families build their homes in groups of five to nine families under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes about nine months. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in.

House plans included 3-5 bedrooms priced under $200,000, with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders must make at or below 30 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

CHIP also has other developments starting soon and maintains an interest list. For more information about self-help housing, visit chiphousing.org

Rabobank Supports Affordable Housing in California

Posted by Nicole Powers | May 19, 2017

Article by Rural LISC

Last year, Rural LISC received a generous $12,500 grant and a $2 million California Organized Investment Network (COIN) allocation from Rabobank. These funds were used to provide loans to four Rural LISC Partner community-based organizations (CBOs) working to develop affordable housing in California, including Self-Help Enterprises, Inc. (SHE), Cabrillo Economic Development Corp., Community Housing Improvement Program, Inc. (CHIP) and Community Housing Improvement Systems and Planning Association, Inc. (CHISPA). Rural LISC has applied for another round of funding to continue to support SHE, Cabrillo, CHIP and CHISPA with their affordable housing work...READ MORE

Redding Family Pre-Approved for Self-Help Housing Program

Posted by Nicole Powers | April 20, 2017

Redding Family Pre-Approved for Self-Help Housing Program 

Story by Tiffany Wong, KRCR News Channel 7

REDDING, Calif. - A Redding family is excited to get started building their own home in Cottonwood through an affordable community housing program called CHIP, which requires them to do some of the construction work themselves...(read more)

SPONSORS SOUGHT FOR CHIP’S NEW ORLEANS-THEMED “ROCK THE HOUSE” FUNDRAISER

Posted by Nicole Powers | March 15, 2017

CHICO—Laissez les bon temps rouler! CHIP seeks sponsorships for its 2017 Rock the House fall fundraiser. The good times roll on Friday evening, November 3 at the Sierra Nevada Big Room.

Rock the House—now in its third year—features a different annual theme. This year it’s “November in NOLA” and features a New Orleans-style party with dinner, live music by Bogg Jazz Collective, a casino for entertainment, silent auction and no-host beer and wine bar. Learn to play craps, roulette or blackjack with Casino Party People. More than 200 people attended last year’s event.

Major sponsors include Tri Counties Bank, Sierra North Valley Realtors, Community Economics, Inc., Sunseri Construction, Banner Bank and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Insurance.  Find out more about sponsorship at chiphousing.org or contact Desiree Gonzalez dgonzalez@chiphousing.org 891-6931x249 for more information or visit chiphousing.org  

Each sponsorship level includes tickets to the event and more. Individual tickets will go on sale in August. CHIP also welcomes silent auction donations. 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities, farm worker housing and other housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

891.6931 x249

LOTS AVAILABLE IN COTTONWOOD FOR CHIP’S SELF-HELP SUBDIVISION

Posted by Nicole Powers | March 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

March 10, 2017         

SHASTA COUNTY—Think home ownership is out of reach? Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) may be able to help.

CHIP is accepting applications for 24 available lots for its FoxRun2 self-help subdivision in Cottonwood at Beagle Lane off Locust Road. Complete information including floor plans are available at www.chiphousing.org. You may apply to be on the interest list directly from the web site or by calling 530-891-6931.

Under the self-help program, qualified families build their homes in groups of five or six under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes about nine months. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in. 

House plans included 3-5 bedrooms priced around $200,000, with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders from this program must make at or below 80 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

For more information, contact:

Judy Orozco 530.891.6931x233

or

Desiree Gonzalez 891.6931 x249/864-7030

Squeezed Out

Posted by Nicole Powers | March 09, 2017

Chico News & Review Article by Howard Hardee

Chico's Tight Housing Market is Especially Difficult for Low-Income Families...(read full article) 

CHIP Seeks Finished Residential Lots

Posted by Nicole Powers | February 06, 2017

Community Housing Improvement Program is interested in purchasing residential finished lots in our service area* for our Self-Help Housing Program. If you have lots to sell or wqould like to donate property, please contact us

Here's what we're looking for:

  • Seven or more residential lots in a subdivision with all the necessary improvements in place
  • Recorded final map
  • Residential lots ready for issuance of building permits by local government

For more information,  contact Jill Quezada, director of Self-Help Housing, at (530) 891-6931, ext. 227.

(Sorry, individual and scattered site residential lots are not an option for our program.)

*Lots must be within the rural areas of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties.

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

Umpqua Bank Gives $6000 to CHIP’s After-School Programs

Posted by Nicole Powers | February 01, 2017

Umpqua Bank Presents Check to CHIP
Lori Guertner from Umpqua Bank presents a check to Kris Zappettini, CHIP's Director of Rental Housing.

CHICO, CA-Umpqua Bank presented a $6,000 check to support after-school programs at three of Community Housing Improvement Program’s rental properties.

This generous donation helps fund programs at Rancho de Soto Apartments in Orland, Marymead Park in Marysville and Murphy Commons Apartments in Chico. This is the second year Umpqua has made this gift to CHIP. They have also provided volunteers to help out at Rancho de Soto.

“It is very satisfying to partner with a local business who wishes to invest in their community through financial support and volunteering.” Says CHIP’s Director of Rental Housing Kris Zappettini.  “We are grateful to be able to deliver important educational, social, and creative services to youth in Butte, Tehama, and Yuba Counties through this generous donation.”

Lydia Golden, Rancho de Soto’s resident manager, says she loves to see the kids excited about learning. “It also encourages their creativity, communication and ideas. It is a wonderful program and they all look forward to it.”

Many of CHIP’s resident services programs are provided with the help of volunteers who live at the properties and donations from the community. If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a program, contact Desiree Gonzalez 530-891-6931 x249 or dgonzalez@chiphousing.org.

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

Rural LISC features CHIP, North Biggs Estates

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 17, 2017

Article by LISC

In Rural California, a Homebuilding Project Back from the Brink (article link)

CHIP HONORS TRI COUNTIES BANK, ORLAND RESIDENT WITH OUTSTANDING PARTNER AND SERVICE AWARDS

Posted by Nicole Powers | January 17, 2017

Award winners Joy Murphy and Guillermo Sandoval stand by their cake.
Joy Murphy and Guillermo Sandoval accepted Outstanding Service and Partner Awards at the January 2017 Board Meeting.

CHICO— Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) presented the 2016 Outstanding Partner Award and Outstanding Service Award at its January 24, 2017 board meeting. 

CHIP selected Tri Counties Bank as Outstanding Partner of the year. This award goes to individuals or organizations whose work significantly helps carry out CHIP’s mission of providing affordable housing and related services to the North State. Past recipients include Sunseri Construction and Community Economics, Inc.

Tri Counties was chosen based on volunteer and program sponsorship CHIP over the past few years. In addition, Tri Counties Bank has provided needed more than $39 million in capital through the past 30 years to support the success of CHIP’s Self-Help Program.

Orland native "grandma" Joy Murphy accepted the Outstanding Service Award.  A volunteer and long-time board member, Murphy teaches a weekly math, science and art class to children at Rancho De Soto, one of CHIP’s apartments for low-income residents. She has also served on the board and fundraising committee for several years. Murphy has been a part of CHIP since the beginning; her late husband Bill was a founder and Murphy Commons Apartments in Chico is named for him.

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation that provides quality affordable self-help housing and rental apartment communities in seven Northern California counties. CHIP is a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, whose mission is to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes and build communities.

Gridley Family Business Moves into CHIP’s Downtown Hazel Hotel

Posted by Nicole Powers | December 06, 2016

The Makeup Room & Company has moved into CHIP's Hazel Hotel Building in downtown Gridley. The family-owned business recently moved downtown from its previous location on Magnolia Street. 

CHIP purchased the historic building and completed a $2.8 million renovation in 2000. In addition to several other retail spaces, the Hazel Hotel is also home to 13 elegant and affordable senior housing units owned and managed by CHIP. 

"With the re-established Gridley Chamber of Commerce and the renovation of the downtown plaza, exciting opportunities are being created for niche businesses in downtown," says CHIP's Director of Property Management Jon Kressin. "CHIP  is excited to be part of this transformation. The new makeup room & boutique store adds a one-stop shop for locals (and visitors) to get a massage, new hairdo, manicure and shop for clothes." 

See here for the story on Action News. 

CHIP Purchases Lucian Manor Senior Apartments

Posted by Nicole Powers | October 14, 2016

CHIP Purchases Lucian Manor Senior Apartments

After managing Lucian Manor on behalf of Christian Retirement Center of Chico since 2010, CHIP became the proud new owners this fall. The senior living community consist of 38 one-bedroom units for seniors 62 and older and persons with disabilities over the age of 18.

“Our mission aligned with theirs, and they were ready to sell,” says Director of Rental Housing Kris Zappettini. “It’s great that CHIP is able to maintain affordable senior housing in Chico without it going market rate.”

CHIP owns 15 affordable housing communities in Chico, Gridley, Hamilton City, Live Oak, Orland, Marysville, Paradise, Red Bluff and Redding. Longfellow and North Point Apartments in Chico are owned by other companies, but managed by CHIP. 

Lucian Manor resident manager Kathi Tandeski (pictured) says she is pleased and feels very supported. She lives on site with her husband, Gene.

Construction Supervisor Becca Livingston Builds Career in Biggs

Posted by Nicole Powers | October 12, 2016

Construction Supervisor Becca Livingston Builds Career in Biggs

Becca Livingston from Oroville is our newest construction supervisor. She began working for CHIP in August at North Biggs Estates and it’s a job she knows she will really enjoy.

Becca grew up in a construction family, so she’s been on job sites most of her life. She enjoys construction because she loves working outdoors, and it’s one of those jobs “where you can stand back and see exactly how much it has changed and improved,” she adds, “I still find myself driving past old job sites and pointing them out to my family and friends and saying ‘see that? I built it!’ It is definitely something I am very proud of.”

When she's not working she enjoys hunting, fishing and camping. 

Becca credits one of our veteran CHIP employees for helping her get the position. “I completely owe Joe Martin for this amazing job!” she says. Becca’s sister built a house in group two of North Biggs Estates. “To keep my title as best sister in the world, I helped her with her hours anytime that I could. As a result I met Joe Martin. I later got a job working at the Ace Hardware in Gridley where Joe occasionally stops in.” Knowing her background, he mentioned the job and she applied the next day.

Her favorite part about the job is getting back into what she loves doing while helping people build a home they can have so much pride in. “It truly is an amazing thing, the opportunity to build and know your home so well.”

CHIP is hiring construction supervisors to work in Linda and Orland—if you know someone who is interested, have them visit our website or call 891-6931. 

CHIP Board Member and Umpqua Bank Bring Joy to the Community of Orland

Posted by Nicole Powers | September 07, 2016

Kids at Rancho De Soto surrounding Board Member Joy Murphy.
Photo by Pam Newman, North State Parent Magazine

By Skye Kinkade, North State Parent Magazine (photo by Pam Newman)

The children who live at Rancho De Soto Apartments in Orland eagerly look forward to Thursday art classes with “Grandma Joy,” better known to the community as Joy Murphy. Read more...

17 Families Living in More Affordable Homes

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 19, 2016

By Kayla Webster, Glenn County Transcript

For many low-income families, living in a home crafted with the love and support of family and friends can seem like a distant dream...read full article

The Face of Local Poverty

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 19, 2016

By Rachel Rosenbaum, Marysville Appeal-Democrat

David Ferrier, president and CEO of the Community Housing Improvement Program in Chico, believes the lower cost of living can also hinge on other ...see full article

Biggs Families Celebrate National Homeownership Month with New Self-Help Homes

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 19, 2016

See complete Gridley Herald article

Community Program Helps Bring Residents the Gift of Home Ownership

Posted by Nicole Powers | July 19, 2016

See full story from Action News 

New Senior Housing Dedicated in Live Oak

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 27, 2016

By David Vantress, Gridley Herald 

The latest phase of the Maple Park Senior Apartments project in Live Oak is full and has a waiting list. Read full article here.

CHIP, USDA CELEBRATE NATIONAL HOMEOWNERSHIP MONTH WITH ORLAND GROUNDBREAKING

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 23, 2016

In celebration of National Homeownership month, Community Housing Improvement Program invites the public to join us for a groundbreaking celebration on Tuesday, June 28th at 10:00 am. The event celebrates the beginning of the third phase of CHIP’s Villa La Michele subdivision in Orland on Jacquelyn Drive and Gable Drive.

Representatives from USDA Rural Development will be in attendance and refreshments will be provided.

Under CHIP’s self-help program, families build their homes in groups of five or six under the supervision of CHIP’s construction staff.  Each household dedicates at least 30 hours per week in labor towards building their new homes and help each other during the process, which takes about nine months. All homes must be finished before anyone moves in.  House plans included 3-5 bedrooms priced under $200,000, with no down payment, affordable monthly payments and low fixed interest rates. USDA Rural Development provides funding assistance for these programs. Builders from this program must make at or below 30 percent median income for the county in which they build, have decent credit, and earn enough income to make monthly payments on the loan.

CHIP also has other developments with available lots in Yuba and Butte counties. For more information about self-help housing, contact Judy Orozco at 530-891-6931 x233 or email jorozco@chiphousing.org

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

 

For more information, contact:

Judy Orozco

jorozco@chiphousing.org 530.891.6931x233

or

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org  530.864-7030

891.6931 x249/864-7030

Maple Park Senior Apartments Hosts Dedication Ceremony

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 16, 2016

Kris Zappettini (center) and David Ferrier of CHIP at Maple Park Senior Apartments ribbon cutting. Also pictured financial and development partners including city officials.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

UPDATED June 23, 2016                                                       

 

   LIVE OAK, CA— On June 22 CHIP, Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties and the City of Live Oak held a dedication ceremony for Maple Park Senior Apartments. 

More than 100 people attended, including residents, partners, the development team and members of local government. Gus Becerra of RHASNC emceed the event, which included lunch and property tours. 

  Maple Park Senior Apartments is a joint effort among Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), the Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties (RHASNC) and the City of Live Oak. Award-winning architects Mogavero Notestine & Associates designed the project and Sunseri Construction was the general contractor. The structure is GreenPoint Rated Platinum by Build It Green

  This new 35-unit apartment community is for low- and very low-income seniors, 55 years or older; the community opened in April and all units are currently filled.  

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

For more information, contact:

Desiree Gonzalez

Communication Specialist, CHIP

530.891.6931 x249/864-7030

Board Chair Dave Burkland Shares Long History with CHIP

Posted by Nicole Powers | June 16, 2016

Board Chair Dave Burkland Shares Long History with CHIP

   New Board Chair Dave Burkland has served on Community Housing and Improvement Program’s board of directors for three years, but his relationship with CHIP is far from new.

   “I started working at CHIP in 1983,” Dave explained. “I’ve come back since I’ve retired.”

   Dave moved to Chico in 1975 and attended Chico State, earning a degree in geography planning and later receiving a masters in planning. He worked in construction during and after college, then spent nine years working for CHIP.

   “Originally I was hired as their corporate contractor. I was in charge of the housing rehabilitation program,” he said.

   Returning to CHIP has always been on Dave’s mind.

   “When I started with CHIP, [it was] something that I specifically wanted to do,” Dave said. “I wanted to work for an organization that did something that I believed in, which is the creation and maintenance of affordable housing.”

    Even after he left CHIP to work for the city of Chico, Dave kept an eye on the organization.

   “I’ve always tracked what CHIP has done,” he says. “I was at the city working in the housing department and we’d get projects that the city funded.”

   Dave was elected board chair this spring and serves alongside 11 other directors. He serves on the finance committee and the planning and project development committee.

   “Our job is to really lead the organization and try to make decisions based on the mission of CHIP,” Dave says, explaining his vision for CHIP. “I want the organization to stay financially stable, I want the organization to continue to follow its mission to develop affordable housing, single family homes and other projects that the organization can contribute to the community.”

   Dave considers his experience as a board member to be fulfilling, as CHIP’s mission is one in which he’s he is happy to be a part.

   “Right now, we’re working with doing more housing services within the units that CHIP manages and that’s something that I’m really proud of CHIP putting an emphasis on,” he says.

  CHIP’s CEO Dave Ferrier says “I’m so grateful to Dave for joining the Board; his perspective as a former senior manager at CHIP, his experience in housing outside of CHIP and his leadership at the City of Chico all provide an incredible asset to help us meet our mission.” 

     

 

   

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Burkland working on the Catalyst rehab project on 14th and Salem Street in Chico during the 80s

Sponsors Needed for Rock the House 2016!

Posted by Nicole Powers | May 27, 2016

SPONSOR "ROCK THE HOUSE" 2016!

Second Annual Rock the House Benefit for CHIP

This year's theme is "Casino Royale" and we will be entertained by Casino Party People and  the band Spy Picnic!  Table sponsorships available now, get the sponsorship form here. Get individual tickets here. 

Major sponsors include Tri Counties Bank, Community Economics, Inc., Chico Association of Realtors, NeighborWorks and Farallone Pacific Insurance. 

For more information, contact Desiree Gonzalez 530.891.6931 x249. 

Sustainable Storm Water Project Flows to Murphy Commons

Posted by Nicole Powers | May 24, 2016

Workers install the rain water tank at Murphy Commons

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         

May 24, 2016                                                                         

   The City of Chico has chosen Murphy Commons Apartments as one of five pilot projects for storm water diversion. The city received a grant to provide neighborhood education and projects to reduce the quantity and manage the quality of storm water entering local creeks and greenways.

   Franklin Construction is the general contractor on the project, which began this week.

   Murphy Commons was chosen primarily because of its resident-managed community garden. Public Works Administration Manager Linda Herman said they thought “it might be a fun project to use rain barrels and other methods to capture rain water at the complex and use it for the garden and other landscaping.”

   Residents organize, tend and manage the day-to-day operations for the garden, which sprouted in 2011. The garden encourages a sense of community among residents and teaches sustainability and green living. A lease agreement between CHIP and the city allowed Murphy Commons to use the land next to the apartment complex for several years and allowed for the garden’s expansion.

   The storm water project includes construction of a rainwater tank, solar pump and a system for diverting water from the downspouts from eight of the units. Grass from the nearby area will be removed and replaced with a native plant landscape. 

   Murphy Commons is an 86-unit multifamily housing community owned and managed by CHIP and is located on Notre Dame Boulevard, across from Marsh Junior High School. 

 

Community Housing Improvement Program

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation providing quality affordable self-help housing, rental apartment communities and housing-related services to seven Northern California counties. The organization has built more than 2,000 housing units in the North Valley since 1973.

 

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For more information, contact:

Kris Zappettini

kzap@chiphousing.org 891.6931 x243

or

Desiree Gonzalez

dgonzalez@chiphousing.org

891.6931 x249/864-7030

Seniors Enjoy Affordable Housing in Live Oak Thanks to CHIP and Partners

Posted by Nicole Powers | April 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

April 28. 2016                                                

                                                                                                                                     

LIVE OAK—Several low-income seniors are moving into brand new apartments this spring.  For some, this is the first stable home they’ve ever had.

Maple Park Senior Apartments opened in April and the first two groups of residents have already moved in. The second and third phase of move-ins are scheduled in May. This project is a joint effort among Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP), the Regional Housing Authority of Sutter and Nevada Counties (RHASNC) and the City of Live Oak.  The new 35-unit apartment community, built by Sunseri Construction, is home for low- and very low-income seniors, 55 years or older. This development has one- and two-bedroom units with project-based Section 8.

“Many of the residents have struggled with chronic homelessness,” says Melissa Cullens, CHIP’s compliance specialist.  “Everyone has been so incredibly thankful and appreciative for the opportunity. I’m looking forward to seeing the residents turn this brand new property into a community.”

This community has a full-time resident manager and a part-time service coordinator to provide resident services and activities on site. Maple Park Senior Apartments is conveniently located and is within walking distance to many services. It is adjacent to Maple Park Phase I, a 56-unit, family apartment community for low-income residents that was completed in 2013. Maple Park Phase I has won several awards for architecture. Mogavaro Notestine Associates is the architectural firm for both developments.

The property will be rented up with at least 75% of the units going to extremely low income households (30% Area Median Income). There is already a short waiting list, but those interested can apply at the RHASNC website  or contact Daisy Lizama 530-671-0220x114.

CHIP is a private, non-profit corporation that provides quality affordable self-help housing and rental apartment communities in seven Northern California counties. CHIP is a chartered member of NeighborWorks America, whose mission is to create opportunities for people to live in affordable homes and build communities. For more information about CHIP, visit www.chiphousing.org

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kris Zappettini, Director of Rental Housing

530-891-6931X243 

Former Self-Help Resident Gives Back to CHIP

Posted by Nicole Powers | April 26, 2016

Article & Photo Credit: Tehama Group Communications and Desiree Gonzalez

    Few situations are more daunting than leaving the comfort of home. But hope for a better life was why Martha Martinez moved to America from Mexico at the age of 23. Martinez’s journey illustrates the leap of faith that many pursue in hopes of achieving their dreams. 

    In 2000, she made one of her dreams come true when she became a homeowner through CHIP’s mutual self-help housing program She recalls the pride she felt finally being able to move into a product of her own hard work. “When you build a house, you build a nest. You remember every single brick you put in.” She adds, “You’re not just building houses, but communities.” 

    It was the promise of a sense of community from CHIP’s self-help program that drew Martinez to apply. Working closely with other households allowed her get to know the other families in her neighborhood.  “Here you get to know your neighbors, see their children grow up, “Martinez said. 

   Although her education is in biochemical engineering, Martinez’ desire to help others came so naturally that she turned giving back into a professional career. She worked as an accredited housing counselor in Orland for two years, helping people fix poor credit in order to re-apply for CHIP’s self-help program. She is now a case manager with Northern Valley Catholic Social Services where she continues to work with CHIP through the NVCSS Promotores Program. 

   Promotores’ main mission is breaking the mental health stigma in Latino and Hmong communities. Promotores holds weekly sessions with residents from several CHIP communities to help remove cultural barriers through awareness and education. Marta and Promotores also put on special events such as Dia de Los Muertos, community wellness fairs and holiday gatherings to encourage a sense of community among residents. “CHIP has always been there to provide for client issues,” she noted. “Be it housing issues or anything else. My job is to link them to those services.” 

   Through her own experience, Martinez explains how residents can endure a rough transition period. Many don’t speak the native language and are often homesick; lack of a proper support system can lead to isolation.  “We need to help them remember the goals they brought with them. They need the support to help them cross that bridge.” said Martinez.  

   Through the Promotores Program, Martinez is able to use her passion for service to educate communities and remind them of their goals. Her dedication helps empower these individuals as she is reminded of where she once stood.  “It’s like planting a seed and watching it grow,” she said. “That’s why I have such a connection with my families.” 

Woodstock’s Pizza Hosts Fundraiser for CHIP March 30

Posted by Nicole Powers | March 15, 2016

Maple Park II Affordable Senior Housing to Open in Live Oak

Posted by Nicole Powers | March 04, 2016

See the full article from the Gridley Herald here 

New Senior Housing For Live Oak

Posted by Nicole Powers | February 18, 2016

Read the full story here at the architect's' blog. 

Sierra Vista Move-in Day

Posted by Josh Brodleit | December 14, 2015

Several families moved in to their new self-help homes in Linda, CA. Here are their stories and a home walk-through.

Painting and fundraising

Posted by Josh Brodleit | November 06, 2015

Painting and Fundraising

Read the full story published by the Chico Enterprise-Record on "Home Is Where the Heart Is" Painting and Fundraising.

50 Years/50K Homes Celebration in Biggs

Posted by Josh Brodleit | November 06, 2015


CHIP AND USDA CELEBRATE 50 YEARS, 50,000 HOMES WITH BLOCK PARTY IN BIGGS (Read Full Press Release HERE)

Programs helps residents have a hand in their new home

Posted by Josh Brodleit | November 04, 2015

Programs helps residents have a hand in their new home

By Chris Kaufman, Marysville Appeal-Democrat 10-5-15

Until a few months ago, Sendy Gonzalez didn't know how to use a hammer. Now she lives in a house she helped build.

Gonzalez, 25, and her husband, Aaciel Gonzalez, 27, with their 1-year old son, Alonzo, are one of nine families moving into homes they helped build through the Community Housing Improvement Program, or CHIP.

"It was hard; I didn't know how to use a hammer," said Sendy Gonzalez, whose husband works in construction. "Getting up early every weekend to come work on the house then go home and do chores was a challenge." Construction on the homes began in March, with families working in groups of four to five to help build their homes, under the supervision of CHIP's corporate contractor, a foreman and subcontractors who ensure the homes meet building and safety requirements.

"I work in construction, so I knew what I was getting into," said Aaciel Gonzalez, of the project. "When it comes to things like this for your family, you put 100 percent into it."

Gonzalez said in their previous neighborhood, people mostly kept to themselves, but the CHIP program requires collaboration with neighbors to help build their homes and to instill a sense of community in the area.

"You see people hammering nails and using two hands, and you help them out to make it easier," said Aaciel Gonzalez, of the collaborative home-building style.

CHIP is a private, nonprofit corporation that provides self-help housing and rental apartment communities in seven Northern California counties. Since 1973, it has built 2,000 housing units in the area.

Desiree Gonzalez, communication specialist with CHIP, said families have to work on the homes 30 hours per week and fall below the median average income for the community they live in to be part of the program.

"It's mutual self-help, so they're working on their homes with their neighbors and it builds a sense of ownership," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez and a team of CHIP associates were welcoming the families into their homes for a walkthrough last week. Some were moving in last week, while others will move in this week.

The nine families are the first two groups in CHIP's mutual self-help program, and more homes are planned for Sierra Vista, which is off Hammonton-Smartville Road near Griffith Avenue in Linda.

"They get to see what's behind the sheetrock and how a house is built," said Marr, who has a team of trade professionals and subcontractors on site.

Leo Romero, a construction foreman who has been working with CHIP for 15 years, qualified for the program a few years ago and took advantage of the opportunity.

"If I'm helping everyone else build a house, I might as well build my house," said Romero of Hamilton City. "Its really nice to see people get into building their own homes and to see the kids smile once they move in."

Tong Vang, his wife Lee Yang and their two children were cleaning and moving in last week after the move-in day celebration.

"It's a lot of hard work, but we're happy to be done," said Yang, who added it was a big learning experience. "Now, when something breaks, you know how to fit it."