PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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Haven respect

By From page A5 | June 21, 2013

EDITOR:

I am a homeless woman living in Hangtown Haven. The story of how I got here and where I go from here are topics for another time. My purpose is to share information with the community about Hangtown Haven and to thank the Placerville City Council for the wonderful opportunity that has been provided here for me and others.

I, and the other women in the camp, are safe and treated with respect. All of the people in camp work together to maintain a save and clean environment. We help each other to stay clean and sober. We set an example for other homeless people and demonstrate that we can help each other deal with addictions and mental health issues. Together we can develop tools to help each other be healthier and more self-sufficient.

It is unfortunate that factors in our society such as war and the economic times result in so many homeless people. These conditions are not likely to change soon. What the City of Placerville has helped develop here at Hangtown Haven is certainly a step in the right direction. Driving homeless persons out of temporary camps only worsens the situation for my homeless friends. It heightens emotional distress and dependency on drugs and alcohol. Hangtown Haven frees the city of police activities, reduces costs to the city and makes the area safer from poorly cared for campfires. It also reduces encounters of the public with disoriented people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Those of us in the Haven are thankful for the opportunity we have here. We have hope. Thank you, City of Placerville.

I understand that the county is exploring another camp similar to Hangtown Haven. I am sending a copy of this letter to the Board of Supervisors and hope that other homeless people may soon have a safe site and a better future.

I truly hope that the city will allow us at the Haven to continue to live here. I believe we are a solution to a public concern and we are actually helping the city and servicing the community.

BECKY NYLANDER
Placerville

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