Temporary and Long Term Housing

Please Note: All resource information has been confirmed by Butte-Glenn 2-1-1 Staff. However, resource information is subject to change based on the availability, capacity, and discretion of the resource provider. Please consider checking in with providers ahead of time to ensure availability of services

****The County is working on establishing solutions for mid-range and longer term housing for people displaced by the fire. A Housing Task Force is working with the Town of Paradise, City of Chico, City of Oroville, and the State of CA on housing solutions****

For additional housing information and options, visit: https://buttecountyrecovers.org/housing-resources/

Housing Authority of Butte County- Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) Offers housing in open market rentals. Participants in this program pay rent according to their income and directly from open market landlords. Section 8 is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled with a subsidized housing option. No fee for the application. Housing fees vary. Eligibility is determined by the Housing Authority based on the total annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status. In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location. Please call for more information.

  • Applications are only accepted when the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List period is open. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List was last opened on May 9, 2021 at 12:01am and closed on May 22, 2021 at 11:59pm. The Housing Authority of the County of Butte will make an announcement to notify the public of when the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Wait List period will be opening and applications will be accepted.

Section 8 Waitlist Lookup Tool- Housing Authority of Butte County- Offering a Lottery Lookup Tool which allows individuals to view their Section 8 rank using their confirmation number. This number was provided to eligible individuals at the end of their online registration process. Voucher extensions are not granted automatically. The Housing Authority will review each voucher extension request on a case by case basis and any approvals are at the sole discretion of the Housing Authority. If your request is approved, the expiration date of your voucher will be extended by 30 days. Individuals are given a ‘lottery number” or confirmation number. Available 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. To access the Section-8 Wait List Lookup Tool, please use the following link: https://bit.ly/3f6PFxT. If you do not have your Lottery number (confirmation number), you may leave a voicemail message by calling 530-895-4474 ext. 246. Please allow 72 hours for your call to be returned.

Information for Camp Fire Survivors Currently Housed in Direct Housing-  Offering information and appeal services for Section 8 Rental Assistance for Camp Fire Survivors.  Assistance services include information about the status of Section 8 Rental Assistance applications and participation, as well as assistance with filing appeals for Camp Fire Survivors who have been removed from the waiting list or had a voucher expire. Available to Camp Fire Survivors on the Section 8 waiting list, Camp Fire Survivors who have been removed from the Section 8 waiting list, and Camp Fire Survivors who have a Section 8 Voucher or had a Section 8 Voucher expire. Translators available in Spanish and Hmong. Call Tiffany at 530-895-4474 extension 246 or email tiffanyl@butte-housing.com for information on available assistance.

Habitat for Humanity Yuba/Sutter- Home Ownership Program- Offering applications for Sweat Equity exchange program. Applicant(s) may be approved for newly remodeled 2 bedroom homes in Marysville, California at the cost of Sweat Equity and building their new home. Homes are sold in exchange for 500 hours of Sweat Equity and the cost of building the home. The monthly payment on the home will not be more than 29% of the family’s total income at closing (which includes mortgage, taxes, insurance and utilities). All applicant(s) must be United States citizens or legal permanent residents. All applicant(s) prior to approval, who will be living in the home, must be 18 years of age and older, must agree to a Drug Test, Credit Check, Background Screening and Sex Offender Registry Verification. Applicant(s) must currently be living in inadequate housing; including unsafe and unsanitary (other than self-imposed). Applicant(s) must also make between 30% and 80% of area median income. Please see the chart below:

Family Size12345678
Minimum  Income$12,600$16,460$20,780$25,100$29,420$33,740$37,200$39,600
Maximum  Income$33,600$38,400$43,200$48,000$51,850$55,700$59,550$63,400

If approved, applicant(s) will assume two loans; both a payable loan at no interest and a forgivable loan with conditions. Approved families typically pay a monthly mortgage payment equal to less than 30% of their median income (typically less than the cost of a 1-bedroom apartment). If approved, applicant(s) must also fully participate in the application process, attend any home ownership preparation classes, work with the sponsoring organization, participate in publicity, complete 500 hours of Sweat Equity, and exhibit a willingness and ability to partner. Before completing the Home Ownership application, please refer to eligibility or use the following link:http://bit.ly/38Ivsdi to see prequalifications. To access the Home Ownership Application, please use the following link: http://bit.ly/39NfNuM or drop in at Habitat for Humanity Yuba/Sutter, located at: 202 D Street, Marysville 95901 to receive/drop-off an application. For more information please contact Patti Archuleta: 530-742-2727 ext. 213  Please Note: Habitat for Humanity Yuba/Sutter is a non-profit that relies on donations. The process of home ownership may take more than a year to complete from the date of approval.

Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care- Coordinated Entry-Offers unsheltered citizens enrollment and assessment by phone or in-person that will potentially qualify individuals and families to be placed on the countywide housing list for housing programs. This may include HUD-funded housing programs. Coordinated Entry (CE) is a county-wide system, accessed by agencies providing housing programs and managed by the Butte Countywide Homeless Continuum of Care. Entry onto the CE list does not guarantee housing placement.  To enroll and complete an assessment (VI-SPDAT) for entry into the Coordinated Entry housing list database, call 2-1-1 from within Butte County. Residents of Butte County that are calling from outside the County can dial 1-866-916-3566 to reach Butte 2-1-1. Please view the Butte Countywide Continuum of Care & Butte/Glenn 2-1-1 Privacy Notice online here: https://bit.ly/3pT1AnG

CHAT – Chico Housing Action Team- Camp Fire Housing Access Model Program (CHAMP)- Offering a program for people who lost their homes as a result of the Camp Fire or other fires. This program is intended to help people who are looking for rental housing by providing them with assistance to pay application fees and pay deposits and first month’s rent. CHAMP can also advocate for the individual with the landlord and provide some case management support and assistance after moving in. Available to any individual who lost their housing during the Camp Fire or any other fire, or subsequently thereafter due to secondary displacement by a homeowner moving back into their residence, moving family members in, or the sale of the home. All CHAMP tenants will complete a ‘good tenant’ class prior to approval for the program. Assistance is also available in Spanish. Applicants must be enrolled in the Coordinated Entry Housing system to be considered for this program. Those interested in becoming a CHAMP tenant must sign up through the Coordinated Entry Housing List. To enroll and complete an assessment (VI-SPDAT) for entry into the Coordinated Entry housing list database, call 2-1-1 from within Butte County. Residents of Butte County that are calling from outside the County can dial 1-866-916-3566 to reach Butte 2-1-1.  Those interested in becoming a CHAMP tenant can fill out the online form: https://bit.ly/CHATCHAMP or print out the CHAMP application form, fill it out and mail it to the CHAT office: P.O. Box 4868 Chico, CA 95927. The printable application can be found on this page of the CHAT website: https://bit.ly/CHAMPapplication. Liaison services are also provided through the CHAMP program. For the first year, CHAT will act as a liaison between the tenants and landlords for any issues or concerns. CHAMP tenants will also be provided ‘hands-on’ case management services for the first year, including budgeting classes, social service referrals, and assistance with goal planning.

When leasing to CHAMP tenants, landlords are offered the following incentives: 

  • A leasing bonus of up to $500 for each unit leased to a CHAMP applicant. 
  • Application fee assistance of up to $40 to be paid directly to landlords to cover costs of credit reports and application fees for CHAMP applicants. 
  • Damage claim reimbursement of up to $5,000 directly to landlords for loss of rent or damage to units in excess of the security deposit. 
  • Security deposit assistance of up to two months rent. 

Landlords who are interested in CHAMP services can connect with CHAT by phone or email. 

FEMA Housing- Information Update- FOR HOUSING SITUATION CHANGE- Survivors who applied for FEMA and communicated upon their initial intake that they had secured housing with friends, family, or through a temporary situation (including RV and trailer units) may not have been considered eligible for FEMA direct housing assistance. If survivors are in need of housing, and need to update their information about their housing situation with FEMA, they can call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 and update their current housing status and needs. 

USDA- Single-Family Housing Rural Home LoansThis program (also known as the Section 502 Direct Loan Program) assists low and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability. Payment assistance is a type of subsidy that reduces the mortgage payment for a short time. The amount of assistance is determined by the adjusted family income. Applications for this program are accepted through your local RD office year round. The maximum load amount an applicant may qualify for will depend on the applicant’s repayment ability. The applicant’s ability to repay a loan considers various factors such as income, debts, assets and the amount of payment assistance applicants may be eligible to receive. Regardless of repayment ability, applicants may never borrow more than the area’s loan limit (plus certain costs allowed to be financed) for the county in which the property is located.  To be considered, at a minimum, applicants interested in obtaining a direct loan must have an adjusted income that is at or below the applicable low-income limit for the area where they wish to buy a house and they must demonstrate a willingness and ability to repay debt.  Applicants must also: 

  • Be without decent, safe and sanitary housing
  • Be unable to obtain a loan from other resources on terms and conditions that can reasonably be expected to meet
  • Agree to occupy the property as your primary residence
  • Have the legal capacity to incur a loan obligation
  • Meet citizenship or eligible noncitizen requirements
  • Not be suspended or debarred from participation in federal programs

Properties with direct loan funds must:

  • Be modest in size for the area
  • Not have market value in excess of the applicable area loan limit
  • Not have in-ground swimming pools
  • Not be designed for income producing activities

Borrowers are required to repay all or a portion of the payment subsidy received over the life of the loan when the title to the property transfers or the borrower is no longer living in the dwelling. Applicants must meet income eligibility for a direct loan. Please contact your local RD office to ask for additional detail about eligibility requirements.

FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD SIZE1-4 Household Members5-8 Household Members
ANNUAL INCOME$53,200$70,200

For more information on the program, please visit: http://bit.ly/344f2Li To access the Rural Home Loans application use the following link (click forms and resources tab): http://bit.ly/2zsIhJP or contact Nicole Roldan at 530-693-3162 or nicole.roldan@usda.gov  For general program questions contact 530-534-0112

HUD (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) – Resource Locator- Provides information and location tools for HUD resources including a national map of affordable housing opportunities through HUD, a HUD Office locator, and a housing locator for Elderly and Special Needs specific housing. To access any of these resources visit: https://resources.hud.gov/

Jesus Center- Transitional Housing- Offers structured transitional housing and supportive services for men, women and children who have been homeless. Participants may participate in programs that help them work toward self-sufficiency. All applicants must be drug and alcohol free. Monthly participation fee to cover the cost of housing(varies depending on house), no deposit is required.  Fee includes participation fee and utilities. Food is not included. The Jesus Center is continuing to accept applications from those who are interested for future placement, but submitting an application will not guarantee placement. The Jesus Center will accept applicants into their transitional houses based on availability. Applicants who are accepted for placement will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

Transitional Housing Options and who they serve: 

  • House of Hope (for women and children who have been homeless)
  • Sage House (for senior women ages 55 and over who have been homeless. Cannot accommodate pets) 
  • Myrtle House (for single women with children who are experiencing homelessness) 
  • Birch House (for men who have been homeless)
  • St. Joseph Lily House (for women who are pregnant or parenting infants 12 months or younger who have been homeless).
  • Holly House (for women who have been homeless)
  • Sequoia House (for single mothers with children who are Camp Fire Survivors) 

Apply through the Jesus Center by calling 530-345-2640 (when calling ask for Shelly) or access the application online at the following link: jesuscenter.org/housing/

Home Matching/ Host Coordinating/Hotels

RV 4 Camp Fire Family- A Colorado-based nonprofit organization that connects donations of motorhomes, RVs, and trailers with families impacted by the Camp Fire in need of shelter. Families in need can complete an online form which details the particulars of their situation, and as motorhomes become available the group will link homes with appropriate families in need. Donated motorhomes/RVs/trailers must be in good working condition. It is requested that donors have a mechanic complete inspection and maintenance of their vehicle to ensure that it will be a home, not a burden to its new family. 

Motorhomes/RVs/trailers must also fit the following criteria:

  1. Holding tank must be emptied.
  2. Propane tanks must be full.
  3. Roof and window leaks must be repaired (not with a tarp).
  4. Tires replaced within the last 5 years and in good condition
  5. RV must have a new or working battery.

Additional eligibility criteria, and necessary documentation can be found online at: https://rv4campfirefamily.org/families. Family Intake Form: http://bit.ly/2Ge3U3x . This resource is officially an organization. As of 2019, RV4 Camp Fire Family has obtained their 501(C)3 nonprofit status. Please note, this organization is a Colorado based Nonprofit.

FEMA Temporary Housing InformationInformation for FEMA applicants who have been contacted by FEMA regarding Manufactured Housing Units (MHUs) and FEMA Group SitesFederal, state, and local partners have collaborated to provide direct housing solutions, for up to 18 months, to individuals and families most severely impacted by the 2018 California wildfires. FEMA must be able to verify applicant’s identity, applicant’s necessary expenses and serious needs are directly caused by a declared disaster, proof of occupancy (renter) or ownership, and housing damage or loss must be verified by FEMA via onsite inspection. Once determined eligible for an MHU, a FEMA applicant will be contacted by FEMA to assess their interest in MHU assistance. 

  • To get information about FEMA Housing sites, including numbers of survivors assisted/housed, please visit: https://buttecountyrecovers.org/fema-group-site-information/. Individuals with questions about FEMA housing can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 (TTY 1-800-462-7585), Monday through Sunday from 10am-2pm.

Please Note: The FEMA Direct Housing Program is currently available through May 12, 2021. After May 13, 2021, residents who remain in the housing sites will start accruing fines. Residents are encouraged to contact and confirm this information with the FEMA Help Desk by calling 1-800-745-0243 for the most up to date information. The FEMA Help Desk is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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