Hangtown Haven eyes move west
ART EDWARDS stands in an 8-by-12-foot cottage that can house two homeless persons at a cost of $2,500 in materials. Designed by Mark Murphy of Murphy's Sheds, the cottages will be built by the homeless and then rented out to employed homeless persons. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
It's been a long road and there are plenty of twists and turns left, but Hangtown Haven, Placerville's only legal camp for the homeless will soon be relocating. Since last August, the camp has been located on Broadway in Placerville, down the street from the Upper Room Dining Hall and the Community Resource Center, both of which serve the needy and the homeless in the community.
The camp functions successfully on 1 acre owned by the Wilkinson family, with a temporary use permit that is good until November. But, by November, the camp needs to find a new location and according to Hangtown Haven Inc. founder Art Edwards, they might have done so. Even better, they have a plan to make the camp financially self-sustaining.