Edwards, President and Chairman
Ron Sachs, Vice Chairman, Operations
Jim Ellsworth, Secretary/Treasurer
Haven before now, but
I have been waiting to include the latest site developments in my report. The
is that the encampment has been successful beyond our wildest dreams. Since it
homeless on July 15th, HangTown Haven has taken in thirty-five men and
women who are living in thirty tents. The residents have created their own
that makes and enforces the rules they all live by. It is a thrill to see them
take charge of
their lives and do what is necessary to live together peacefully. “We are
all brothers and
sisters here,” is the words that we hear most often.
the fire chief
very happy. Since camping in the forest is illegal, the police chief now has a
which he can encourage illegal campers to move. The property owner is very
the cleanliness and organization and enjoys dropping in to have a chat with the
inhabitants every week or so. Now, we are busy preparing for winter.
winter, not all of
our homeless will remain at the Haven during the cold season. However, some
we must provide protection for them from the elements. The following
have been or are being implemented as I write.
tents since most
Four portable toilets and a wash station are provided and emptied
reading in the common area are now in service.
phones and using
Small size gravel has been spread in the common area to reduce
center of the common area for warmth and
comfort on cold nights.
10. Four picnic tables and many chair have been provided.
protection water hose is now connected and available.
water filtration system has been installed.
available at the CRC a short distance away.
Program provides lunch every day.
will be added
when the funds are available.
At 7 PM on Monday the 15th, the city held
a town hall style meeting in the
city hall building to provide a platform for everyone to share their opinions
existence of HangTown Haven in our community. Vice Major Wendy Mattson and the
City Manager Cleve Morris, lead the discussion providing an
opportunity for all to be heard.
Everyone connected with HangTown Haven agrees that it has been a
success. We have learned a lot and have made the area as winter-proof as
the funds available. It was interesting to hear the public’s reaction;
concrete slab with
additional electric service and heat in the common area building. While we are
accomplishing those goals, we will begin building individual mini-shelters for
live. Tents are a temporary solution. Shelter designs are being developed as
you read this.
negotiating a long-
term lease with the landowner. We continue to work with the city to verify that
meeting all code requirements. All signs are “go”, as we aim toward
help for our community’s homeless. However, none of this would have been
without your gift. The homeless and HangTown Haven volunteers send you their
thanks for making a safe, clean, friendly place and new life available for
them. To this I
add my own appreciation.
HangTown Haven, Inc.