PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — Safety concerns have prompted the move of a homeless camp from Placerville to El Dorado County, but officials say the program has been a success.

The shelter plans to move to Highway 50 and Missouri Flat Road with a new look. Instead of tents, there will be actual shelters.

Those shelters are only for people who are working or going to school and the residents will be expected to pay rent of about $100 to $300 a month.

James Adkins has been homeless since last October. While living at Hangtown Haven, he’s trying to get back on his feet by finding a job. The new shelter is another kind of motivation.

“As a small family, we help each other go through the struggles of life, and there’s a lot of safety here,” he said.

The potential plan to relocate though is new to those who live in the area.

“I don’t like the homeless,” said one resident. “They take everything and run around.”

But shelter residents believe with Placerville city leaders endorsing the project, they’ll be able to make the move a success.

“How beautiful everything is, well-kept, getting along, that’s what we’ll do over there,” said Hangtown Haven president Art Edwards.

They hope to address the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors with a formal proposal on July 23. Edwards says if the county says no, they won’t have anywhere else to go.


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