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Following is an open letter sent to members of the Board of Supervisors:
The Board of Supervisors has been requested to consider a camp for homeless people on Perks Court modeled after the existing facility known as Hangtown Haven. The board has
twice deferred hearing the matter. I strongly urge you and other board members to make every effort to establish a facility at this site as soon as possible. This facility will improve the lives of people who happen to be homeless as well as provide an important service to all residents of the county.
I am a volunteer at Hangtown Haven. As you know from the extensive media activity, Hangtown Haven has drawn local and regional coverage as an example of a homeless facilty
that works. The Haven serves as a platform for those residing there to connect, help each other, refocus and find ways to improve their lives. This facility gets homeless people off the streets and out of illegal, unsupervised camps throughout the area. The facility is clean and safe. It reduces concerns about public health, unsupervised camp fires and litter.
Hangtown Haven has not cost the city of Placerville anything and has, in fact, saved the city money in terms of reducing costs of clearing illegal campsites. A facility on Perks Court will provide the same benefits for the county.
People who are homeless in our county will not simply go away. They are present in all communities and will be present in El Dorado County whether they are in an approved,
monitored facility or camped out behind buildings and in the woods.
Whether you act from a place of compassion or a place of doing what is necessary to save money and protect public health and safety (and I hope you act out of both perspectives),