Hangtown Haven Inc. (HTHI) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation based in Placerville, California that is dedicated to supporting the homeless men and women in our community. We work to help them to survive and to transition back into society. With support of the City of Placerville City Council, HTHI began operation in 2012 on Upper Broadway.
In July of 2012, we created a legal homeless encampment on Upper Broadway with the help of the City of Placerville and the many volunteers throughout El Dorado County. Unfortunately, the temporary special use permit given us by the city expires on November 14, 2013 and up to 40 homeless men & women will be turned out onto the streets of Placerville to fend for themselves creating a very serious and costly health & safety issue which the county can’t afford. Both the City of Placerville & El Dorado County are searching for a new location where our homeless can be sheltered but nothing has been identified at this time.
The homeless, our supporters & volunteers are all hoping & praying that a place can be found before November 15th so that a serious tragedy can be averted. HTHI will not give up on our guests to find a permanent Transitional Program location to house the homeless in our community.
The camp is organized and run by the residents themselves who elect their own council. The council makes all of the rules for the site and decides who will stay and who will be removed. It enforces its regulations and works continuously to provide and maintain a remarkable living environment. The site is handicapped accessible, and all handicapped homeless persons are welcome. Organizational volunteers are on site every weekday to help keep it running smoothly.
HTHI is financed by gifts and grants from individuals, churches and other non-profits only. It receives no financial help from any government agency, city, county, state or federal. The generosity of people in our community has allowed us to provide a safe and healthy place to live. It is an environment that allows men and women who have lost their jobs to get back on their feet and return to society. Some of the gifts that have been given to us are from graduates of HTHI who have gone on to full-time and good paying jobs. None of the HTHI volunteers receive any pay for the time spent helping the homeless guests.
POSSIBLE NEW LOCATION
The City of Placerville shares a significant part of the success of Hangtown Haven. Its support throughout the design, construction and operation of the homeless site has been invaluable. Its issuance of a temporary Special Use Permit last November has made HTHI possible. However, as the permit is scheduled to expire this coming November, the homeless community living there must move to a new location before then. Members of the HTHI Board of Directors and other volunteers have been searching the city and county for an appropriate location to re-establish the site and have recently found one.
It is an ideal location on unused property owned by the county. It is near medical facilities, shopping centers and is located on the bus line; it has water and electricity, many shade trees and is relatively level. Now we are working to convince the county Board of Supervisors to let HTHI lease the property for five years for a dollar a year. Letters from you to the Board would be very helpful in encouraging them to approve our proposal to lease and build a facility on this county property. To reiterate, we are not asking the county for any funding, only permission to use an abandoned piece of county-owned property.
Hangtown Haven, Inc. has a proven track record of success in designing, building, organizing and operating a homeless facility. The existence of such a facility is critical to El Dorado County, its businesses and residents. At a recent meeting with two members of the Board of Supervisors to introduce them to our proposal to use this property, a woman at the table asked them a very important question, “If we don’t do this, what will we do?” No one seated there was able to answer that question, but they all knew that it would mean that the homeless would be back living on the street. With the history of success of Hangtown Haven on Upper Broadway, we think this new camp on Perks Court will allow us to continue to provide a humane solution to the homelessness in El Dorado County.
On November 12th, the Placerville City Council voted unanimously to NOT approve Hangtown Haven, Inc.'s, request for an extension to the temporary use permit to operate at its present site until next July. It seems that just about everyone believes Hangtown Haven is doing a wonderful job but we will still be forced to shut down on November 15th, heading into the winter snow season.
Be assured that Hangtown Haven, Inc., is continuing to work daily with the City of Placerville and El Dorado County to develop a new site. We're not going away.
Because of the recent closing of the Hangtown Haven on upper Broadway, some of the following information should be considered historical. We will update everything as soon as we can.
BECAUSE THE PLACERVILLE CITY COUNCIL DENIED OUR REQUEST FOR AN EXTENDED STAY AT THE FORMER HANGTOWN HAVEN SITE, THIS WEBSITE WILL REQUIRE MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION. THIS WILL TAKE SOME TIME SO PLEASE BEAR WITH US AS WE CHANGE WHAT IS NOW OUT-OF-DATE INFORMATION. IN THE MEANTIME, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A MUCH-NEEDED CONTRIBUTION TO HANGTOWN HAVEN INC. FOR OUR CONTINUING OPERATIONS, INCLUDING OPERATION OF OUR VAN AND OTHER ONGOING EXPENSES.
The links to the right will lead you to ways to donate. More detailed information on how contributions are used can be found on the "Make A Charitable Contribution" page. Thank you for your continued support.
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