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From page A5 | November 11, 2013 | 6 Comments

EDITOR:

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
Placerville

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  • James L HendricksNovember 07, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    Letter to the Editor - The Placerville City Council has struck again!Try this, gang: go home tonight and inform your family that you have to leave the house in a few days. But, thats OK . . we'll still be able to sleep at a different church every night. Sleep well, Council Members.

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  • Guy PlacerNovember 11, 2013 - 6:27 am

    Maybe you should check out the Crime Analysis of the surrounding area.

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  • kggNovember 11, 2013 - 9:03 am

    thank you, kay - well stated.

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  • Oh BrotherNovember 11, 2013 - 9:27 am

    I really do not believe that the people living at the Haven are the reason for crime or whatever. That area had the Upper Room there before the Haven (I think that is correct), so homeless folks have been walking around up there for years..when the homeless went to the church at night up here in Camino, they still returned down to Placervillle, When I go to Dollar Store or Grocery Outlet I can see a few homeless around, but I see more over at all the stores along Missouri Flat....my point I guess is why close the haven to the people who are following the rules. Crime has picked up everywhere not just Broadway. And if it is so bad on Broadway, I am down there quite frequently and I don't see a police presence. Personally I am more worried about the drunks at the Sports Stadium. Or Red hawk where it seems to be a meth hangout. I read the police and sheriff reports daily and I have a scanner so Broadway isn't the main priority most days. And the most crimes taking our law enforcement's time is Walmart....every single day they respond there...work on getting them closed down.

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  • not for hhNovember 11, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    I am not proud one bit about hh. I loved going to the Mexican restaurant on upper Broadway until all of the city garbage started living there. Now they have a "church" in that lower parking lot, oh and a recycling center too! Can we make it any easier for these people?! I would be at my witts end if I lived remotely close to that area. What a shame and hopefully all the riff raff leaves as quickly as they came in!

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  • SFRNovember 11, 2013 - 9:48 pm

    Oh brother are you sure that's not NPR your hearing? Because your scanner doesn't sound like the one I listen to. As far as the residents following the rules goes well yea!!! If you live anywhere it's what adults are supposed to do. It doesn't give you squatters rights. But if you have room spead the word and the wealth.

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