VIDEO & PHOTOS: Remaining Tent City Residents Protest as End of Homeless Camp Nears

tc protPHOTOS & VIDEO: The remaining Tent City residents yet to be placed in housing by the Township took to the streets this morning to protest the closing of the homeless camp.

The approximately 20 remaining residents held signs and chanted while marching up and down the sidewalks along Cedarbridge Avenue.

Rumu Dasgupta, a teacher at GCU and advocate for the homeless tells TLS she appreciates what the Township is doing, though she feels a more permanent solution should be presented for the residents.

Minister Steve Brigham, the founder of the camp which at one point housed over 100 residents, says there are people in the camp who don’t have an option, and “we need to create an option.” Brigham says they need a “Government for all the people.”

The Township in the recent months has worked with STEPS and Ocean County officials to provide one year of housing for the residents on the official census list. Once placed, their tents were removed. Other tents which popped up from non-census residents, were also removed by the Township.

Last week, the Township placed ‘No Trespassing’ signs around the site as it prepares to secure the property from future encampments. Those signs however were allegedly torn down by Tent City residents, police say.

The final tents are expected to be removed within days.

[TLS]

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14 COMMENTS

  1. They should be thanking Lakewood for being the only town in America to tolerate their aggressive stance for so long, as well as for providing sanitation, etc. This group did not become homeless in Lakewood or because of any Lakewood policy. It is either a county or state housing matter. It is ironic that none of the churches would allow the use of their properties for the safety of the minister’s minions.

  2. These people all think the govt. owes them something, should pay for their housing etc. Why ca’t they look for jobs? If someone truly can’t work due to poor health or something there have to be other options than living in a tent in the woods.

  3. To tent city residents I say good riddance ! You should’ve been removed a long time ago. And if you think that picketing and holding up silly signs is gonna get you any sympathy your mistaken. This town is too smart for that.

  4. The COUNTY spent $2 MILLION on an ANIMAL SHELTER but nothing on a homeless shelter for PEOPLE. Where are the politicians priorities???

  5. What is the issue people would kill to get housing for a year they are ungrateful and should be ashamed for not appreciating what was given to them

  6. Most of the protesters dont live in Tent City. The older man qualifies for senior housing – why isnt the minister trying to help him get into senior housing? It seems the minister just wants to stir up trouble. Just wait till the end- TC residenst have threatened to cause wide disturbances.

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