Homeless Tent City Meets Suburbia in Orthodox Town
Shortly after being sworn in for his first term in January, Lakewood's mayor, Albert Akerman, visited "Tent City," an encampment of about 100 homeless people living in a densely wooded area of township land - a rare slice of open space in the fastest-growing municipality in New Jersey.
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#1 Feb 26, 2013
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#2 Feb 26, 2013
Homeless people have rights - morally and legally. The legal rights derive not just from `natural law', but also from wording in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights, U.S. treaties, various State constitutions, U.S. legislation, stated governmental policies, etc.
Are there problems at Lakewood's Tent City and at other tent cities/encampments throughout the United States of America? Of course there are, but the bottom line is that a society cannot stack the odds against the poor to the degree that living outdoors is the best option for many people and then justifiably kick them out of the places they choose - even from the woods.
There are complaints about people coming to Lakewood, NJ's Tent City from other areas, but those people are probably far fewer in number than the many, many Lakewood area people who have been shipped off by township officials to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, among other places out of the area. Meanwhile, Lakewood township officials continue to try various methods of attack which may in some cases be technically not in defiance of the Ocean County Superior Court rulings, but certainly defy the spirit and intent of those rulings. For example, the article fails to speak of the townships decision to levy fines of $1,000 per day per individual `violation'- amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars per day - for things like tents and stoves, which are obviously covered by the courts ruling that residents of Lakewood's Tent City may do what is necessary to survive.
Meanwhile, New Jersey's Ocean County adamantly refuses to create even one public emergency housing shelter, and people are actually told that if their income exceeds $140 per month ($210 if officially classified as disabled) they `make too much' to qualify for even emergency housing!
Corrupted power is tough to battle, but spiritual power can overcome it.
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