Haven for Hope

David Martin Davies

 *2:30 p.m. Post Updated to reflect comments from the City of San Antonio.

The recent citation of Joan Cheever and her Chow Train mobile food wagon by San Antonio Police, highlighted ordinances passed in many cities across the country aimed at dissuading people from assisting the poor.

The City of San Antonio maintains the ticket was due to violations to the city's Health ordinances.

The Chow Train's food truck license was expired, but Cheever says she only transported the food in the truck, and that she prepares all the food in a compliant kitchen.


With more than 70 delegate agencies, the city council each year funds the organizations to help them accomplish their missions, but this time the council had to make cuts to meet its objective of balancing the budget. 

San Antonio budget director Maria Villagomez said the agencies, with the exception of Haven for Hope, took a five percent cut.

It's not enough for District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, who has said every non-essential service should be eliminated.


The problem of homelessness is massive and complex and it seems impossible to find a solution that’s going to solve the problem for one and all.

San Antonio is working on dealing with the issue with Haven for Hope by providing shelter, counseling and help with finding work, but for some of the homeless, they are finding the road back from living on the street by lacing up a pair of shoes and running.

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The Terraces at Haven for Hope on San Marcos St. have 140 apartment units and was originally designed to be a place for haven graduates to obtain affordable housing. 

"What we find in our work is that people come through the transformational campus, they’re ready to take the next step -- which is really housing -- but there really isn’t a lot of housing present in the community," said Mark Carmona,  interim CEO of Haven for Hope. "That was always kind of the vision: How can we being to create this?"