EDITOR: Any one of us is only a paycheck or two away from homelessness. It has happened in my own family; my husband currently lives in the Haven, and has for well over a year. I live on my mother’s couch. Together, we used to have an income of over $100,000. Economic issues and other extenuating circumstances have caused us to live apart.
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Whoever you are that are going to make a decision on the continued existence of Hangtown Haven, stop and think about how close you may be to this living arrangement. There are numerous local community groups that want to help, but they can only do so much. Local government always seems to get in the way.
I am appealing to the Placerville City Council to extend the Haven’s temporary use permit. Those of you behind the scenes trying to take down the Haven, ask yourselves what your motives are. If you have the guts, speak in an open forum and explain yourselves. Otherwise, get down on your knees and pray for forgiveness. I hope you get it, but shame on you; you could be the next victim of the same strife that the Haven occupants face every day. God bless them all, but to the rest of you in opposition — God help you.