Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Homeless day shelter opens for winter

From page A1 | November 22, 2013 | 11 Comments

A day shelter for the homeless is now open, said Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris. “There haven’t been very many people using it yet, but it’s been open for almost a week.”

The day shelter is located at Christ-Like Services at 7500 Green Valley Road, which will also host an evening shelter two nights per month. The facility is currently used for job training.

Nomadic shelters provided by faith-based organizations and churches serve the homeless population in the evenings, but a place for them to be dry and warm during winter days was a goal of the city manager when the Hangtown Haven homeless encampment closed down. Morris has been working with county staff to find a location for the day shelter and for a location for a permanent shelter in the county.

A Temporary Use Permit that expires March 31, 2014, which is also when the nomadic shelters close for the winter, is in process. “The TUP is more for the night shelter twice a month than for a day shelter since it is already open as a training facility during the day,” said Pierre Rivas, city community development director. The capacity of the day shelter will cap at about 60 people and the evening shelter about 50, depending on the fire marshal’s approval, said Rivas.

“This is just for the winter,” said Morris. “It is not a permanent shelter.”

Morris said the preliminary estimates peg the cost of running the shelter at $2,500-$4,000 per month.

“The owner of Christlike Services operates the shelter and has opened the facility on his own but has requested some assistance. We are still trying to determine the level and are working with the county on what the cost will be,” Morris said.

Temporary Use Permits are granted at the discretion of the community development director and do not have to go to the Planning Commission or the City Council for approval or public hearing.

“We chose to do that with the Hangtown Haven Temporary Use Permit, but there is no requirement to do so,” said Morris. He said a few residents have expressed concerns.

A bus transports homeless individuals from Mercy Way Rescue on Broadway to one of the nomadic shelters each evening and brings them back each morning. “The majority of homeless are still on Broadway because they use the Community Resource Center and have meals at the Upper Room,” said Morris, “but Hangtown Haven is looking at ways to transport people to the day shelter.

“We are trying to reduce the number of homeless coming into our area, but we want to assist the homeless who are here now through the winter months,” said Morris.


Discussion | 11 comments

  • MD readerNovember 21, 2013 - 9:36 pm

    Good news. It is my hope that all goes well. This should give us all some breathing room and time to find a more permanent solution. Time to get to work.

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  • bird loverNovember 22, 2013 - 5:21 am

    I was cleaning out my bird cage yesterday and read that the haven was closing. Thankyou for keeping the community informed.

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  • Placerville Drive BusinessNovember 22, 2013 - 6:45 am

    What a genius idea, Now that the east end of Placerville is totally destroyed, lets repeat it on the west end too. Lets get this straight, two nights a month this place will overnight up to 50 people in a commercial building? Not a building suited for residential activities, not a building with proper ADA facilities, no safe or inspected food preparation area, and one small restroom? And to make it even more attractive the city is considering partial funding? Is this with tax payer monies? All this with no oversight, public hearings, council agenda, etc, etc????? And up to 60 occupants each day turned out at the close of business to prowl the neighborhood seeking food and something to steal? Maybe its time to rethink who we elect to oversee Placerville.

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  • BevNovember 22, 2013 - 8:33 am

    I believe Carl Hagen has a "vacant" building/office on Placerville Drive. I say, that's perfect! Maybe they can hold a car wash and help raise funds for the day shelter. What do you say Carl? How about helping somebody less fortunate than yourself, for once.

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  • Curious On The DriveNovember 22, 2013 - 8:54 am

    Yesterday "Christ Like Services" had a mentally disturbed female "walk away" from their facility. They sent out some rough ex-con looking woman to canvass the area. She warned people not to confront the female, she is very combative. Her final request was to call her if the female was sighted, they didn't want the police involved. Makes you wonder what is really going on there.

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  • My 2 CentsNovember 22, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    But really the same mentally disturbed female would have walked away from any shelter, in any location, so why make it an issue for Christ Like Services? The shelters can't help 100% of the people, but if 50 are in the shelter, that's 50 that aren't out being a nuisance somewhere else. I doubt law enforcement would have canvased any neighborhood to track down one homeless woman even if they were called. They couldn't spare the time to respond to my home alarm going off…And I'm one of the tax payers paying their salary.

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  • Paula LeeNovember 22, 2013 - 8:27 pm

    It's crazy listening to all the people complain.. Not in my backyard. Christ like services stepped up to help filled a need. Praise God that not all people turn a blind eye... And yes my home that I own is close to Christ like Services.

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  • completed hypocracyNovember 24, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Christ Like Services is in the mentally disturbed homeless people business. The people working there are being paid therefore profiting from other peoples misery. To call themselves "Christ Like" is first and foremost blasphemy. Christ never helped people for money. He mocked the Pharisees. We have turned away from our religious foundation and historical precedent, to repeat the sins of the past. "Everyone is equal except some are more equal than others", is the progressive mantra from The Animal Farm warning our society at the turn of the 20th century the frailty of mans resolve to be equal. Political Correctness instituted by the Progressives is no different today than it was when managed by the Pharisees 2000 years ago.

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  • observerNovember 24, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    Look for the "Christ Like Services" building to become the new hth all they need is a conditional use permit. The city council has already given in to mercy way due to threats of a law suit. Read the CUP application and conditions that Mercy Way already breaks including loitering pedestrian traffic hazard and health and safety. Once they get their foot in the door you won't be able to change it because they claim to be faithbased.

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  • Psalm 41:1November 26, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    "Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble."

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  • County Could Fund Temporary Placerville Homeless Shelter | El Dorado FrontierDecember 01, 2013 - 8:30 am

    […] we have been working on a potential Day Shelter to work in conjunction with the currently operating Nomadic Shelter,” Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris said in a letter to the supervisors. “The Day […]

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