VIDEO: Tent City’s Founder Ticketed at New Location

brigham vine stVIDEO: After leaving the encampment he called home for about seven years, Tent City’s founder Minister Steve Brigham was issued a summons and told to vacate his newly-established home.

Police and the Inspections Department today responded to a private property at the intersection of Cedarbridge Avenue and Vine Street, where Minister Steve Brigham parked his school bus and other vehicle he took with him from the homeless camp.

Minister Brigham said he had permission to be on the property, however, police said the property owner did not allow anyone on the property.

brigham 2Brigham was issued a summons for illegally parking his vehicles, and was given notice to vacate the property by the end of the day.


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  1. A; the cars that you pointed out are parked on pavement. The property owner was forced to pave the road in front of the house even though the road on both sides are unpaved.
    B; Try driving into another town and start setting up camp please report to us how you are treated lakewood was more than fair with you.

  2. He is trying to start again across the street. How many times do we got to go through the same psrsha.
    Give Toms River and Howell a chance to host you wonderful people.

  3. seriously TLS, why are you posting this guys garbage? where the heck did he get a school bus? That thing is worth a lot more than most people in Lakewood make in a year

  4. I second the Howell vote !
    In all seriousness though I feel that Brigham has raised some valid points about the homeless, a need for a shelter and the unequal treatment in
    Lakewood. He is doing it in the only way he knows how to, with limited resources.

  5. hey Steve maybe sell your car ,school, bus generators, ect and you will have enough money to rent someplace. Then you can get a job and start contributing to the community for a change !!!

  6. Few things for sure, he’s persistent, consistent, and knows how to dig in. Maybe we should follow that example with our middos and learning. This guy can choose many places to go, maybe one reason he chooses lakewood because Hashem is only a local call.

  7. Rev. Brigham is to be admired for what he was able to build up from nothing, for his ingenuity and creativity in helping the homeless, and for his persistence and dedication to justice.

    But seeing him reduced to this state is beyond sad. He’s like a lost soul. Tent City is over and done with – eight years of his blood, sweat and tears. And he can’t let go. He was a man dedicated to building up, and now he’s obsessed with tearing down. He refuses to personally take even one single step towards reintegrating into society, like living in an actual home or seeking employment. He has lost almost all of his supporters (note that he was protesting all by himself earlier today) and if he continues at this rate, rebuilding his reputation and his network will be impossible, if it isn’t already.

    In one of his sermons, he stated that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.” At this point, maybe he should heed his own advice and try something different. Because if he doesn’t, I fear a complete crash-and-burn scenario is inevitable. And if that happens, a real solution won’t.

  8. Where was he before he set up tent city? Was he also homeless and therefore started tent city to give himself some legitimacy? Did he live in a real home before? Why doesn’t he go back to doing whatever he was doing before tent city?

  9. He had a home, a job, and a family at one time. He only lived in Tent City as one of the homeless for about four years.

  10. None of us want to go back to that miserable place ever- Please don’t let him start one up again . It became a dumping ground for social services , and the homeless , and people from Vermont and New York State .

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