The Placerville City Council and any other citizens who are against the continuation of Hangtown Haven’s existence should be ashamed of themselves. The Haven leaders have worked hard to build a community there and to allow it to be closed without a clear-cut plan for it to be continued elsewhere is to allow all they have worked so hard to establish to fall apart. The Haven has been successful in meeting the needs of the homeless people who want to help themselves. Why not allow the Haven to continue until there is an alternative place?
I understand that the churches will step up to provide meals and overnight shelter, but that’s not all that Hangtown Haven is. The people there are close, working as a community to be helpful to one another, while leaders assist them in putting their lives back together.
Placerville should be proud of what it has accomplished. We should be thankful to each of our citizens who have devoted so much time and energy to the Haven. It has served as an example or model for other communities who want to help their people get back on their feet. If the council doesn’t want it to continue where it is, why can’t Perks Court be used?
There have been poor people and homeless in El Dorado County forever and there always will be. The community leaders who have worked to help so many and want to continue to do so, should be assisted and supported in this worthy effort. We should look at the Hangtown Haven program with pride.
KAY CROFT SMITH