PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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By From page A7 | August 23, 2013

EDITOR:

I am the homeless woman living in Hangtown Haven who wrote some time ago. I wish to provide more information about our family here at the Haven and explain why our camp or a replacement camp is a necessity for us and the community.

We are a family taking care of each other. Some folks may move on for jobs or other reasons. New folks who are willing to share our values join us and become family.

The Haven continues to enforce rules about being sober and clean. We help each other. Eight of our family of 40 have stayed sober and dry for up to 100 days. Seventeen of us are working a regular job. Sixteen are seeking outside help to improve physical and mental health. Three of our family attend college.

The schedule to develop a new site for the Haven on Perks Court may not allow relocating the camp before the city’s deadline to close the camp in November. Speaking for all of us here, we do not understand why the Haven must be closed. The concern about pedestrians on Broadway is not a valid reason to close the camp. Our folks make up about one out of every three to four who use the path along Broadway.

I ask the community to help convince the Placerville City Council and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors that HTH is an asset to the community. We both assist the community and save it money. We help to keep everyone safe.

BECKY NYLANDER
Placerville

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