Base Camp Village

From the Streets to the Stars with Difficulty
Base Camp Village

About Us

Base Camp Village, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded in the Fall of 2017 with the goal of helping some of the most vulnerable in our community. Base Camp Village, Inc.’s mission is to...
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The Project

Permanent Supportive Housing Base Camp Village, Inc. plans to achieve its mission by developing two permanent supportive housing projects in the Oroville area providing up to 32 eligible people with a permanent place they can...
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The Team

Ronald A. Reed, Founder and President, has been a Butte County public defender for 35 years primarily representing youth. Ron has observed that many of his clients suffer from a serious mental illness and often...
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Partnerships

Butte County Department of Behavioral Health (BCDBH) provides services for individuals in crisis, for youth, for adults and for alcohol and drug treatment in Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Gridley and rural communities. The mission of BCDBH...
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The Project

Permanent Supportive Housing

Base Camp Village, Inc. plans to achieve its mission by developing two permanent supportive housing projects in the Oroville area providing up to 32 eligible people with a permanent place they can call home. Voluntary case management and mental health supportive services will be offered to all tenants.

A Housing First approach will be applied ensuring that tenants are not denied housing based on having too little income, an active or history of substance use, a criminal record (with exceptions for state-mandated restrictions), or a history of victimization (domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood abuse). Additionally, tenants will not be terminated from housing due to failure to participate in supportive services, make progress on a service plan, or to improve income. Tenants will be terminated from housing if they violate the terms of their lease.

Success will be defined by reducing homelessness in Butte County and by increasing the length of stay for formerly homeless in permanent housing. This will be measured by capturing the number of tenants and the number of years living at Base Camp Village, Inc. properties.

Bootstrap Workers “ Stepping up to Success through Skill”

Base Camp Village, Inc., in cooperation with community organizations, will recruit experienced craftsmen to act as mentors and trainers for parolee and probationers as unpaid trainees during the construction phase of both Base Camp Village, Inc. properties. The trainees will be involved in all aspects of construction including: foundation, plumbing, electrical, sheetrock, roofing, stucco, painting, setting fixtures, tile, and clean up. The goal is to make the construction simple but to give each trainee a broad range of experience, skill, and technique. The Bootstrap Workers program allows trainees to gain hands-on work experience as well as learn team-building skills that will aid in future employment opportunities.

Success will be defined by the rate of completion of trainees. This will be measured by capturing the number of trainees recruited at the start of construction and the number of trainees who receive a certificate of achievement when construction is complete.

The Team

Ronald A. Reed, Founder and President, has been a Butte County public defender for 35 years primarily representing youth. Ron has observed that many of his clients suffer from a serious mental illness and often cycle through the criminal justice system instead of receiving the care they need. Before serving as a public defender, Ron spent over 30 years in construction and as a real estate developer. Ron has combined his passion of development with serving his community to form Base Camp Village, Inc. He believes his practical approach of building housing with supportive services for those with a mental illness will have a beneficial impact on Butte County.


 

Mia Kirk, Executive Director, recently moved back to her hometown of Chico after time away completing a Masters of Public Health and working at a non-profit in the Bay Area. Her expertise lies in bringing people together across sectors to work toward a common goal. Mia believes that by addressing the social determinants of health like employment, education, and housing, we can have the greatest impact on people’s lives. She knows that quality, safe, affordable housing is fundamental to public health and hopes that Base Camp Village, Inc. will be the tip of the iceberg of housing investments in the region.

 


Bill Woodmansee, General Contractor, left the practice of law thirty years ago to become a contractor. Bill has experience working on all phases and sizes of construction, including projects similar to the structure of Base Camp Village, Inc. His experience and knowledge along with his teaching ability will provide the basis for any willing student to gain construction skills. Bill will act as not just general contractor but construction manager and lead trainer for Bootstrap Workers.

Partnerships

Butte County Department of Behavioral Health (BCDBH) provides services for individuals in crisis, for youth, for adults and for alcohol and drug treatment in Chico, Paradise, Oroville, Gridley and rural communities. The mission of BCDBH is to partner with individuals, families and the community for recovery from serious mental health and substance abuse issues and to promote wellness, resiliency and hope.


Butte County Sheriff’s Office Alternative Custody Supervision (ACS) unit is responsible for supervising offenders in the community who were sentenced to serve time in the custody of the Sheriff. Offenders are monitored with ankle bracelets and required to remain at their residence, unless they are working, attending classes or have permission to leave. ACS has the capacity to supervise 200 offenders.


Caminar is a non-profit community-based agency with a mission to empower and support individuals and families to move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. Caminar operates and manages permanent supportive housing throughout California including Avenida Apartments in Chico.


Grid Alternatives is a national non-profit organization that brings affordable solar power to low-income communities and communities of color that would not otherwise have access Grid Alternatives offers workforce development programs and volunteer opportunities as a pathway to clean energy jobs.


Housing Authority of the County of Butte (HACB) is a non-profit public agency with the mission to assist low and moderate income residents secure and maintain high quality affordable housing. HACB administers and/or manages many different programs including the Housing Choice (Section 8) vouchers program.