On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Placerville Police Department, in conjunction with Placerville Community Services Department, removed illegal homeless camps located on the hillside behind the shopping center on Upper Broadway. The camps have caused severe blight in the area as evidenced by the amount of garbage taken from the site. None of the homeless who had been residing there were present when city officials arrived. Notice of the removal was given well in advance. The city will continue to aggressively remove this and other illegal camps in the city.
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Hangtown Haven in Placerville is a legal encampment established to meet the needs of the homeless of Placerville. Those who qualify and agree to abide by the established rules are welcome. We emphasize that these rules must be followed: (1) You must be a current — or within the last six months — resident of Placerville; (2) No drugs, alcohol, or violence are tolerated in or near the camp; and (3) Registered sex offenders are not allowed in or near the camp. Again, if you meet these rules, Hangtown Haven welcomes you and refers you to the Community Resource Center at 1864 Broadway for additional information. If you cannot meet these rules, there is not a legal place for you to camp in Placerville and any illegal camps will be removed immediately.
Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris at 530-642-5200.