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Tiny homes for Chico's unhoused | Protecting your home from wildfire embers | California's income inequality

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Monday, July 18.

Construction begins on tiny home site for Chico’s unhoused dealing with substance abuse, mental illness 

The Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT) broke ground on Everhart Village for unhoused residents last week. The village is specifically for unhoused residents struggling with substance abuse or mental illness and will contain 20 tiny homes on Mangrove Avenue and Cohasset Road.

— Alec Stutson, NSPR 

Tips on protecting a home from wildfire embers

Managing vegetation around a home is important to protect it from wildfire, but that alone likely won’t provide enough protection because the real threat comes from the air, not flames. Tom Esgate, managing director of the Lassen Fire Safe Council, told NSPR that embers or pieces of burning debris that can fly miles in front of a wildfire are what will most likely set a home ablaze. He offers some simple tips to homeowners.

Sarah Bohannon & Ken Devol, NSPR  

State attorney general has plan for nearly 1.5 million California tenants at risk of eviction

One in seven California tenants are behind on their rent. That’s prompting the Attorney General’s Office to issue new guidance aimed at keeping renters from being evicted.

Erin Baldassari (KQED), The California Report 

Income inequality in California at all-time high

Income inequality continues to grow in California. A new study from the Public Policy Institute of California finds the top 10% of earners make eleven times what the bottom 10% do.

CapRadio Staff

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Sarah is an award-winning reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio for six years and was previously the station’s News Director before leaving to study at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
A graduate of California State University, Chico, Andre Byik is an award-winning journalist who has reported in Northern California since 2012. He joined North State Public Radio in 2020, following roles at the Chico Enterprise-Record and Chico News & Review.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.