Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Letter to BOS on Hangtown Haven

From page A5 | September 16, 2013 | 6 Comments


Dear El Dorado County supervisors,

I understand that, after several postponements, you addressed the option of providing a facility for the homeless in El Dorado County on Sept. 10. I have personally done some volunteer work with the Resource Center and Upper Room in Placerville and would appreciate the opportunity to enlighten you regarding this issue.

I have visited the Hangtown Haven on Broadway twice and have found it to be clean and organized. What these folks have done there is built a community. One of the major problems of the homeless population is the protection of their belongings. It is impossible for them to get needed resources, look for a job, or go to places like the Upper Room, when they can’t leave their belongings because of fear they’ll be taken. The community they have built at Hangtown Haven provides much needed camaraderie and safety that being a member provides.

Other issues are lack of bathroom facilities, clean running water and a place for trash. Hangtown Haven provides for all of these. The success of the camp should be applauded and supported. I would like to see the current camp kept open for the citizens of Placerville and the new site option at Perk’s Court for other area residents. Many volunteer hours have been clocked in an effort to provide for this segment of our population and are a testament to its success. As county representatives, I hope to see you regard this issue with compassion and support for this vulnerable segment of our community.
I’ve included some information from the National Coalition for the Homeless:

• Rural homelessness is a silent epidemic afflicting thousands of individuals and families every year.
• In addition to the causal factors of homelessness among all people who experience it, additional economic, social and geographic factors unique to rural areas exacerbate homelessness among the residents of rural communities.
• Rates of homelessness in many rural counties exceed that of urban and suburban counties.
• There is a dearth of homeless assistance services in rural areas.
• Most individuals and families experiencing homelessness in rural areas either go without even basic needs or they migrate to small cities and urban centers for assistance. Such forced migration leads to child and family trauma and disconnection from workplaces, relatives and peer and professional supports.

For further information on the public policy recommendations of the National Coalition for the Homeless, contact the NCH public policy staff at or 202-462-4822, or visit


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Discussion | 6 comments

  • LpSeptember 16, 2013 - 11:23 pm

    Can we put them on your property?

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  • Bill E.September 17, 2013 - 5:59 am

    The city of Placerville thought this was a good idea and it did provide an answer to a problem. The advocates tout the success stories, the services needed are near by and everyone involved is generally happy. It was a build it and they will come type project and both happened. So why move it? Why not extended the temporary permit for another year or two with revised conditions of operation? This is Placerville's situation to resolve, not the county's

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  • cookie65September 17, 2013 - 6:28 am

    When the mentality is to make the homeless as comfortable as possible, services as convenient as possible, and catering to them like a special class of citizen you will only breed the problem. LA county is on pace to pay out $650million in welfare benefits to illegal aliens this year. They have had the welcome mat out for years.

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  • John FremontSeptember 17, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Clean and organized but for the thieves that live there. You say they can't look for work or whatever because of fear their stuff will be stolen. I say lets let them live on YOUR property. They will have no fear long as YOU screen out the thieves. These losers and drug addicts need to go away. NONE of you who support this feeding the kittens ever take them home with you. HHmmm I smell the stench of not only the Haven trolls but of hypocrisy.

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  • Bob UnhappySeptember 24, 2013 - 6:39 am

    I live 1/8 of mile from proposed site on Perks Court. I recd no legal notice of proposed zone change, illegal. Converting public property to private use, illegal. Depression of my homes value is illegal confiscation of my private property (my equity) unconstitutional, 6 arrests for public intoxication on average per month at current location, yes I want my child kept up all night by the fights. Oh, not supposed to do drugs or alcohol in camp-they will go into the woods or along the creek, the kids using the bike path can dodge the needles. Structures =housing, public housing, that requires and Environmental Impact review and filing, not done. Convicted felons allowed, how nice for me.sound carries in the county, I can hear my neighbors children laughing at night, do I want to listen to a large group of people at night? I can see my house from the site, do I want them watching my children play? Now the kids can't walk to school. Already can't go to the McDonald's on Broadway because of the aggressive panhandling, here goes another one. Bank of America has to have a guard so people can use the atm with being harassed. How about the homes for sale in the area, should they lose their equity or rot on the market while the board of supervisors fiddles? do my out of town guests want ti stay at a hotel across from a homeless encampment. i betcha alot of folks will be showing up for the free breakfast that are not registered guests. A residential area is not appropriate to this purpose, and the method being used is illegal.

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  • LynnSeptember 26, 2013 - 10:39 pm

    Please talk to your neighbors. I don't want this adjacent to my property. For or against it? Write to the board if supervisors, show up at the meetings, talk to your neighbors. IF this goes forward it must be done with proper permitting, environmental impact statement, insurances, proper notification to the landholders and business for a comment period. Respectfully, Lynn Weaver

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