News & Stories

Helping Working Families in Northern California Rent in a Caring Community

Posted by Cristina Calva | July 19 2022

It was 2010, and Rachel Nohrden, a single mother and full-time nurse, was priced out of the Redding rental market. “I was actually born and raised in Santa Cruz County, … and I moved to Redding to attend Shasta College, where I got my CNA license,” Nohrden recalls. “I met my husband…

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Giving People the Opportunity to Build Their Own Home from the Ground Up

Posted by Cristina Calva | July 19 2022

Owning a home is the crown jewel in the American Dream. Particularly in California’s current housing market, however, home ownership is increasingly out of reach for many families. But for those willing to put in the work, CHIP’s Self-Help Program can help make that dream a reality. “We had always thought we were…

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Helping Residents Find a Place to Call Home

Posted by Cristina Calva | July 18 2022

A home is more than four walls and a roof: It is safety, it is security and it’s a foundation upon which people build lives and futures. Since 1973, Community Housing Improvement Program, better known as CHIP, has been helping individuals and families get into a home of their own. “Our goals…

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CHIP to host Rock the House Fundraiser

Posted by Mark Montgomery | April 20 2022

Get ready to boogie! We'll be hosting Rock the House 2022: Dancing in the Moonlight on September 10, 2022 at Patrick Ranch Museum. Join us for dinner, a no-host bar, dancing, games, a raffle, and more to benefit CHIP and its work providing affordable housing solutions and related services in our 7-county…

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CHIP Receives $649,500 Grant from North Valley Community Foundation / Butte Strong Fund

Posted by Mark Montgomery | October 28 2021

On September 18, 2021, we rededicated Paradise Community Village, our 36-unit affordable housing community lost in the 2018 Camp Fire. Just a few days later, the first group of residents moved in (pictured below). More than 150 Camp Fire survivors applied to live at Paradise Community Village when the application became…

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Partnership Makes Chico Affordable Housing Possible

Posted by Mark Montgomery | June 30 2021

Pictured (Top to bottom, left to right): Don Taylor (Housing and Homelessness Administrator, Butte County), Brendan Vieg (Community Development Director, City of Chico), Seana O’Shaughnessy (President and CEO, CHIP), Tod Kimmelshue (District 4 Supervisor, Butte County), Andy Holcombe (Chairman of the Board, CHIP), Scott Kennelly (Director of Butte County Department of…

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Paradise Community Village Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Mark Montgomery | June 02 2021

Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) announces households can now apply to live at its newly reconstructed rental community, Paradise Community Village. To find out if you qualify for this affordable housing development and to get an application, visit the webpage for Paradise Community Village or call CHIP’s extension for the property: (530)…

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CHIP Announces Succession Plan for Kris Zappettini, VP/Director of Rental Housing

Posted by Mark Montgomery | February 22 2021

(©2020 Photo by Carin Dorghalli, Chico Enterprise-Record, reprinted with permission.) Some people are good at planning, and some are exceptional… and then there's Kris Zappettini. We're honored to announce that Kris' succession plan is neatly in place. It's no surprise that it's a solid plan that provides CHIP an opportunity to continue…

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IRS Update: Extension Arrives in Unexpected Way

Posted by Mark Montgomery | February 22 2021

A new year has brought exciting news: Our 36-unit Paradise Community Village will avoid the IRS fees that would drastically increase the project’s costs. As you may recall, we needed to rebuild Paradise Community Village in 25 months because of out-dated IRS rules governing properties built with Low-Income Housing Tax Credits…

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Donor Spotlight: Sunseri Construction with President/CEO, Donny Lieberman

Posted by Mark Montgomery | February 22 2021

Sunseri Construction is a general contracting company based in Chico. The company was founded in the early 1970s and has grown over the years, with employees in California and Nevada. They specialize in affordable housing and they’ve worked with CHIP as the general contractor on multiple projects, including Paradise Community Village's…

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