Shelter is among the most basic of human rights. Butte County Democrats are committed to safeguarding this right by strongly supporting public services designed to eliminate poverty, foster affordable housing, and eliminate homelessness. All Butte County residents have a right to live comfortably and safely in reasonable proximity to where they work, study, and hold community ties. We recognize that recent emergencies—notably the Camp Fire and the coronavirus pandemic—have increased housing insecurity throughout the county.

Butte County Democrats…


  • Call for the state to allocate more resources for the people struggling most with unaffordable housing: underpaid workers, people with disabilities, veterans, and seniors.


  • Advocate for local governments to support affordable housing projects, both rehabilitation and construction, which will, in turn, create good-paying jobs.


  • Oppose predatory lending practices that have destroyed homeownership for too many.  


  • Oppose laws that criminalize homelessness and contribute to homelessness (e.g., a cash bail system that effectively creates debtors’ prisons).


  • Call for development of grant/benefit programs that secure both food and shelter.


  • Support increased funding for drug and alcohol treatment and diversion, including adequate funding for drug court, which lowers incarceration costs and increases the subject’s chances of securing and retaining housing.


  • Encourage tax and zoning policies that promote local ownership of homes, owner-occupancy, and affordable rents.


  • Call for and support distinct municipal policies for regulating existing rentals and new developments to provide eviction protections and supportive services for the already unhoused.


  • Support agricultural policies that enable family farms to be economically viable, such as tax relief for protecting farmland (e.g., the Williamson Act), and to provide living wages and humane working conditions for farm workers.


  • Encourage local government agencies to adopt policies and practices that enable communities to be resilient in the event of natural and human-made disasters.