VIDEO: [EXCLUSIVE] Tent City, a contentious issue which has been in and out of County court for about five years, is expected to finally come to an end in the next few weeks.
The Township today was again at the homeless camp tearing down vacated tents in accordance with the plan to bring the homeless camp to an end by finding appropriate housing for its residents.
Minister Brigham, the camp’s founder, tells TLS he doesn’t feel this process is ethical.
“There’s nowhere for these people to go,” says Brigham. “It doesn’t seem to be ethical or moral from my viewpoint. They are not approaching this thing from the right angle. I’ts about dignity.”
However, Mike McNiel of S.T.E.P.S. who has been at the forefront of the placement of those counted in the official census performed about a year ago, says the Township is only removing those tents marked for removal based on the placement process – as well as the tents of those who have not been counted in the official census.
McNiel, who is working with rehabs and with the County’s Social Services tells TLS the number of those remaining after the batch of parties currently in the process of being placed, is about twelve. Those people could be placed by the end of the month, McNiel says.
About 49 people of the official census were placed, and about 11 are being placed this week or next week, McNiel says.
Deputy Mayor Albert Akerman and Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein are credited for tackling the Tent City issue.
“We are progressing ahead of schedule and are well on the way to the permanent closure of Tent City,” Deputy Mayor Albert Akerman tells TLS. “We are nearing the final stages of placing those who are eligible and will continue aggressively until everyone is placed.”
Despite the many obstacles on the local and County level, the pair worked be diligently with officials ensuring that a permanent plan is put into place. [TLS]
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