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HANGTOWN HAVEN currently hosts about 30 homeless residents. Democrat file photo by Pat Dollins

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Hangtown Haven receives grant

By From page B1 | January 18, 2013

Hangtown Haven Inc., the Placerville non-profit corporation established to create and operate  a homeless facility on upper Broadway in Placerville, has been awarded a grant of $7,500 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, according  to Priscilla Enriquez, chief giving officer for SRCF.

The legal encampment on Broadway has approximately 30 residents and an operation agreement with the city of Placerville that extends until November 2013.

According to a press release from Hangtown Haven Inc. president Art Edwards, the grant will be used to pay for the operation of the homeless center through the winter months and into the summer. The grant will pay for general operation of the facility, including electricity, the rent of portable toilets, lease cost and grounds upkeep and maintenance.

“We heard about the grant from Bill Roby, president of the El Dorado County Community Foundation and applied for it,” said Edwards. “Priscilla Enriquez came up for a tour of the camp and we were notified a week or two later that we had been awarded the grant. ”

The money has already been received and Edwards said, “This will get us through the winter.”

Hangtown Haven Inc. was created in July of 2012 to design and operate the homeless camp in cooperation with the city of Placerville, concerned churches and other non-profit organizations and individuals in the community. Homeless guests and volunteers worked together to prepare a leased acre of land  by clearing brush, grading and putting in drainage to create the camp. Donated portable toilets and a wash station, a common fire pit area and a temporary building to house volunteer camp monitors were added and the camp is run by Marie Cook of the Community Resource Center and a council comprised of residents of the camp.

“During the six month period since then (camp start-up), we have offered a place to live for as many as 40 homeless — all of whom were previous residents of Placerville. The site has the capacity to house approximately 60 guests,”said Art Edwards.

After an intial 90-day trial period, Hangtown Haven Inc. was given a Temporary Use Permit by the city to operate the homeless camp until November 2013, giving the organization and volunteers  time to find a suitable site for a permanent shelter.

“We’ve been looking for properties and at existing buildings for months, but all of them have had different problems associated with them, so we’re stalled at the moment, ” said Edwards.

An Interfaith Rotating Shelter also operates during the winter with both the shelter and the camp funded by the donations from members of the community, churches, foundations and non-profit organizations.

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation is an advocate for quality of life and dedicated to connecting people who care for charitable causes. As stewards of the region’s charitable assets since 1983, the foundation’s mission is to serve as a leader and trusted partner in expanding philanthropy and enhancing its impact in the community

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

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