Friday, August 1, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Letter from the mayor

By
From page A7 | February 01, 2013 |

EDITOR:

Important Subscriber Update

We will be switching to a new online subscription service on Tuesday, August 5th. If you are already a subscriber with login access to MtDemocrat.com you will need to re-register under the new service. This will not affect your bill. Please take the time today to click "Subscriber Verification" to verify your subscription with us and continue your access to MtDemocrat.com before the new service takes over.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your patience and continued support while we make this transition.

- Mountain Democrat

1-Month Access
Subscriber Verification
Help?

This is addressed to your columnist Dan Francisco. Dan, I enjoyed your article about the homeless who sought shelter from a cold night in an EDH neighborhood backyard. You lamented about the fact that you and your friends knew nothing about the homeless resources of El Dorado County and had trouble finding an appropriate response to this conundrum. Please don’t feel bad … there is not a clear-cut solution or answer, and while many good people are making progress, we have a ways to go.

You will be happy to know that during November–March, the churches around Placerville operate a nightly nomadic shelter. People can go to Mercy Way Rescue on Upper Broadway to catch a bus that will transport them to a church that will provide them a warm place to sleep that night. Our churches are “angels on earth” who help support this part of our community without any tax dollars or government grants. Their aid and support is far-reaching.

You may also be surprised to know that Placerville is on the cutting edge of creative solutions. Thanks to Art Edwards, Ron Sachs and Barry Wilkinson, working in conjunction with the city of Placerville and the Community Resource Center, we have the only legal homeless encampment in the state of California! Hangtown Haven was founded in 2012 as a pilot program to see if an encampment could work. While we’ve had to work out some bugs, it is running smoothly and is successful. There are only a few drawbacks … because Placerville is so small, you have to be a resident of Placerville (for 6 months) to qualify to live there, and all applicants need to be screened through the Community Resource Center. (Please note, camping in Placerville outside of Hangtown Haven is illegal and will be removed.) The other drawback is its current location. Upper Broadway does not have the roads and sidewalks to support a long-term arrangement, and so we are looking for alternate locations.

There are many other non-profits serving the homeless community, and yet there is no homeless shelter in El Dorado County. The County’s approach to this challenge is to funnel resources into preventing people from being homeless; at Health and Human Services there are resources for people and families who find themselves in this situation, and the Community Resource Center on Broadway can help link anyone up to those existing resources. As far as what to do once people become homeless, well, that’s another matter.

Hangtown Haven, in its present location, will have to close November 2013, and we are looking for a more appropriate location. This location was made possible by a generous citizen who agreed that this pilot program had merit and allowed Hangtown Haven and the city of Placerville to test this model on his property. It is working, and yet we need to find a better spot. If you have a heart for this cause or can help, feel free to contact me (my contact information is on the city of Placerville’s Website). A legal encampment is a good first step as we work towards a more permanent shelter.

Future possibilities include a strong volunteer program in exchange for a place to stay, which the city of Placerville is currently developing. Working for your daily needs is the reality of everyday life, and it allows us all dignity, value and a sense of responsibility. It’s also important to note that finding solutions to the homeless challenge helps everybody … it certainly helps those individuals who don’t have a warm place to sleep at night, and it helps maintain the health and vitality of our business districts and residential neighborhoods who are impacted by individuals that find themselves outside the bonds of community.

So Dan, thank you for highlighting this challenge. I invite you to help us find creative solutions so people like “John” aren’t surprised when “Jack” shows up in his backyard because he has no place to go in El Dorado County.

WENDY MATTSON
Mayor, City of Placerville

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    News

    Supes delay petition

    By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

     
    Fire generated small city, inspired volunteers

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Sand Fire 95% contained

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1

    Cameron Park house burns

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Two fires in town

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A3

    .

    Opinion

    The weekly Daley: The wrong side of history

    By Chris Daley | From Page: A4

     
    Billingsley’s bullets: Advice from my psychiatrist

    By Bob Billingsley | From Page: A4

    Missing the point

    By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

     
    .

    Letters

    Olives need less water

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

     
    EID rate discrimination

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

    Second Amendment

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

     
    Pollock Pines’ Fourth of July Parade

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

    Water conservation

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5Comments are off for this post

     
    Koby

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

    Debt reduction at EID with Coco?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

     
    Time for change in CP

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

    .

    Sports

    Camp draws good numbers

    By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A9Comments are off for this post | Gallery

     
    New law tackles gridiron concussion problem

    By Mike Bush | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Outside with Charlie: Rafting denied

    By Charlie Ferris | From Page: A9

     
    Racing returns with big 5-division card

    By Bill Sullivan | From Page: A9

    Roundup: July 31, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Prospecting

    Sing while you paint

    By Placerville Arts Association | From Page: B1Comments are off for this post | Gallery

     
    Things to do: Aug. 1, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2

    The making of a champion

    By Special to the Democrat | From Page: B2

     
    Plenty of golden fun during SlugFest

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Art on the Divide is showing new exhibitor

    By Art On The Divide | From Page: B3

     
    ‘The Flu Season’ stirs emotions

    By Ovation Stage | From Page: B4

    Guitar group performs in Sutter Creek

    By Sutter Creek | From Page: B5

     
    Time to register for classes at Center Stage

    By Center Stage Dance Academy | From Page: B5

    Get a groove on in Sutter Creek

    By Sutter Creek | From Page: B8

     
    Chris Young in concert at Carson Valley Inn

    By Carson Valley Inn | From Page: B8

    The music continues at Bear Valley Music Festival

    By News Release | From Page: B8

     
    Sacramento Museums are celebrating

    By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B9

     
    .

    Essentials

    Weather stats

    By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

     
    Crime Log: July 17-19

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

    .

    Obituaries

    Lisa Oliver Rose

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    Larry A. Randall

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    Mark A. Smith

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    Jeffie “Jeff” Lee Callahan

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    Patsy Ruth Wing

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    .

    Real Estate

    Decorating your home by the numbers

    By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

     
    Avoiding the deal killers

    By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

    Hilltop home views outrank water-front views

    Press Release | From Page: HS7

     
    Luxury home sales jump

    Press Release | From Page: HS11

     
    Pending home sales decrease in June

    Press Release | From Page: HS13

     
    Sheryl Lindroos joins American Heritage

    Press Release | From Page: HS17

    Sunny Rosabella exudes a warm ambiance

    Press Release | From Page: HS23

     
    .

    Comics

    .

    Home Source

    Decorating your home by the numbers

    By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS4

    Avoiding the deal killers

    By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

    Hilltop home views outrank water-front views

    Press Release | From Page: HS7

    Luxury home sales jump

    Press Release | From Page: HS11

    Pending home sales decrease in June

    Press Release | From Page: HS13

    Sheryl Lindroos joins American Heritage

    Press Release | From Page: HS17

    Sunny Rosabella exudes a warm ambiance

    Press Release | From Page: HS23