(This is also confirmed to work on HTC Status, thanks jlopez0978)
1) Unlock: Prepare for Unlock via HTCDev then unlock as explained here (you can find a small fastboot & adb kit here, no need to install the whole sdk).
2) Root: You should be able to root using the Doomlord root tool.
3) Install CWM Recovery: Download CWM 188.8.131.52 for Chacha and flash it using fastboot (see detailled instructions by Yorzua here)
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img