The Esplanade House: Breaking the Cycle of Chronic Homelessness

Friday, Jul 28, 2017

The Esplanade House in Chico has been helping families break the cycle of homelessness since 1991. With genuine passion for participants and their path to self-sufficiency, the Esplanade House continues to stand as a pillar of community service in Butte County, CA. Read below to learn more about the impactful programs and services the Esplanade House offers to families in need.

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What is the Esplanade House?

Administered by the Community Action Agency Butte County, Inc. (CAABCI), the Esplanade House is a program with promise for families who have experienced chronic homelessness. The Esplanade house offers a safe living environment for parents and children to become stable, revamp their lives and work toward self-sufficiency.

Our facility houses up to 60 families who reside in individual units with full kitchens, full baths, and large living areas. The program offers comprehensive case management, skill building, employment readiness classes and workshops, group and individual counseling and services for children. The program provides the client with the necessary tools to become self-sufficient to reduce the risk of future homelessness.

What Services are Offered?

The Esplanade House offers families the chance to break the debilitating cycle of homelessness, addiction, and poverty. Services are designed to support the entire family and are backed by the belief in each person’s potential to achieve and maintain a productive and healthy lifestyle. We strive to create a supportive environment and provide opportunities to participants to fulfill their own personal potential for self-sufficiency as they grow and build on their strengths.               

  • Outpatient services
  • Substance abuse classes and education
  • Group and individual counseling for both adults and children
  • Parent education and life skills classes
  • Comprehensive case management
  • Employment and computer skills training
  • GED assessment, tutoring, and classes for completion of a GED
  • Budgeting and financial literacy
  • Health, fitness and nutritional education
  • Voter education
  • Landlord/tenant issues, utility assistance
  • Linkage to community services
  • Comprehensive children’s services including an onsite early childhood education and enrichment center

What is the Program Structure?

When families are accepted into our program, they are provided with everything they need to start over, including a furnished apartment, food, clothing, supplies, and support services including a Case Manager, a Drug & Alcohol Counselor, and a Child Advocate.

Individual case plans are designed with each adult family member to develop the most effective improvement strategy. Case managers, substance abuse counselors, child advocacy, and interns work together for case plan implementation. The Esplanade House coordinates with other local service agencies to provide clients access to additional services that form a well-rounded resource package.

The program has two phases, each involving a 12-18 month period of targeted development:

Phase I consists of transitional housing and support services for homeless families in crisis. Comprehensive case management helps adults address the barriers to self-sufficiency. Families can participate in Phase I of the program for up to eighteen months. Upon completion of Phase I, participants are encouraged to enter Phase II.

Phase II includes supportive housing that offers participants the opportunity to continue to gain the education and work skills necessary to reach self-sufficiency. Phase II clients can then secure and maintain permanent housing in the community.

Alcohol and Drug Program

The alcohol and drug program provides substance abuse recovery services. These include education, individual sessions, and process groups addressing addiction to alcohol, drugs, and other substances and behaviors for adults.

The program assists participants by addressing the physical, social, mental, and emotional aspects of recovery. Our objective is to recognize the individual differences among clients and ensure specific needs are addressed in keeping with each person’s unique set of circumstances.

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

We are always accepting new volunteers at the Esplanade House! We rely on the dedication and support volunteers provide in the following areas:

  • Landscaping & Gardening
  • Daycare Co-op
  • Reception
  • Special events
  • Maintenance
  • Educational Groups

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The Esplanade House also offers the following internships:

  • Child Advocacy
  • Case Management
  • Group Facilitation
  • Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Community Outreach Services
  • Office Assistant
  • Intake/Application processing

Discover How You Can Help The Esplanade House 

How Can You Help?

Monetary Donations

We appreciate the opportunity to share your dollar donations, housewares and clothing with families in need. The caring items we receive enrich and support the lives of our participants. Donations may be made by check, payable to CAABCI or by Credit card.

Online donations are also accepted at

Material Donations:

  • Gently Used Clothing, (All sizes)
  • Linens: Towels, Sheets, Bedding
  • School Supplies
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Cleaning Products
  • Kitchen items: Pots, Pans, Dishes
  • Non-Perishable Food
  • Children’s Items: Cribs, Strollers, & Educational Toys

The Esplanade House Children’s Fund

The Esplanade House Children’s Fund partners with the Community Action Agency to remain viable and successful through fund raising efforts and community support. We believe in the firm foundations that our program helps to build at the earlies stages. We greatly appreciate contributions.

Donations can be made to:

Esplanade House Children’s Fund

P.O Box 3251 Chico, CA 95973

Endowment Fund

We encourage our supporters to consider sharing a portion of their estate when creating a will. A donation of your estate to the Esplanade House Endowment Fund will continue to support our programs and families as government support shrinks. For more information on the Endowment Fund call (530) 712-2600 or the North Valley Community Foundation Center at (530) 891-1150.

Federal Fair Housing Law

We do business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law. The program offers affordable housing to those that qualify based on homeless status, family composition, income, and in some cases, rental history.

Since 1967, the Community Action Agency of Butte County has been serving the needs of the region in alignment with the charter of the National Community Action Agencies overarching goal: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in your community. As Butte County CAA, we provide hope to people struggling with poverty to become more self-sustaining by meeting tangible needs in the areas of energy savings, affordable food, and housing. Connect with us to find out how you can get involved.