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Homeless in Lakewood Tent City Can Stay During Court Proceedings

Lakewood township wants the homeless to leave their camp

Those living in a makeshift camp in Lakewood can stay for now while homeless advocates and township officials settle eviction proceedings in court, a judge ruled on Friday.

Superior Court Judge Joseph Foster said that, while the current living situation is not sustainable, he would not order the to abandon the Tent City camp, NJ.com reported

Lakewood officials want to clear the area of its homeless population, who they have said are living illegally on public land. The Huffington Post reported that advocates for those living in the camp near Cedar Bridge Avenue maintain that Ocean County is required by state law to provide shelter for the .

Jeffrey Wild, an attorney fighting the township, said that the camp is an "emergency shelter" and that the about 80 homeless people living there have "a right to survive" on public land.

In October, a regular meeting for help. Though ongoing litigation prevented the freeholders from speaking about Tent City, then-Director Joseph Vicari said their arguments would be reviewed.  

Ocean County annually expends up to $20 million via the Board of Social Services on homelessness assistance.

Fred January 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Dalai who?
mussel man January 09, 2012 at 07:40 AM
fred he was never on the dukes of hazzrd you wouldnt know him. lol
Lori Morrison January 09, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Our Country sends billions of dollars to foreign countries every year, but we still have homeless people living in the woods? Maybe it's about time we focus on our own....
Mrsm Grant January 10, 2012 at 03:47 AM
New York City Mayor Bloomberg is the 12th RICHEST USA CITIZEN. He recently filed in NYC court "FOR THE RIGHT TO REFUSE NIGHT SHELTER BEDs TO SINGLE/divorced UNhoused HOMELESS exHOMEOWNERs and SINGLE/divorced UNhoused HOMELESS exEMPLOYEEs." THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE TO STAY. The Weather is Freezing and DEATHs WILL OCCUR. Estranged relatives have RESTRAINT ORDERS ISSUED if HOMELESS Try To Visit. Please email: RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONs, POLITICAL CANDIDATEs and SOCIAL WELFARE GROUPs and ASK THEM TO "STOP THE APPROVAL of THIS INHUMANE PROPOSED LAW". (Stop Deaths This Year)
Mattie January 21, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Very nice presentation! Well done. I am so discouraged to see there are no pledges yet.... and less than a month to go. :-( I wish I could donate $$, but I can't....

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