Lack of leadership doomed Hangtown Haven

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 - 4:11 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Re "Placerville closes 'Haven' chapter" (Page A1, Nov. 15): Thank you for paying tribute to Hangtown Haven, a noble, humane, compassionate and successful community for houseless people in Placerville.

Effectively providing a safe, controlled, temporary home for people to rebuild their lives and secure jobs and permanent housing, the success of Hangtown Haven was finally overwhelmed by a stunning failure of civic leadership. Neither the El Dorado County Supervisors nor the Placerville City Council could identify a location in their entire geography to support a successful community for homeless adults.

How can we complain about the issue of homelessness when we shut the door on a program that works? How can we claim to care about people when we tear up a viable community? Many thanks to Art Edwards for leading and believing, and to all the people of Hangtown Haven for creating home.

-- Susan Hunn, Pollock Pines

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