50-60 guests per night, 232 individual guests, 346 amazing volunteers.

*2017-2018 season

We provide emergency shelter during the coldest winter months.


Safe Space Winter Shelter is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization providing low-barrier emergency shelter from December through March for people experiencing homelessness in Chico, California.

We are a “come as you are” shelter. Guests are not required to take a drug/alcohol test to access the shelter and we do not limit or deny services if a guest is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Instead, we focus on behavior and utilize a code of conduct. Safe Space welcomes a limited number of animals and allows couples to sleep together.


We are volunteer driven and utilize a rotating church model. Our host churches offer their facility to us for one or two weeks per season, partnering with us to provide shelter for 50-60 people per night. Each night multiple volunteers come together to do intake, shelter set up, meals, and laundry.

If you have available space to offer Safe Space as shelter during our season please email