Demolition of makeshift structures continues at Lakewood Tent City, despite objections from homeless

The demolition of Tent City in Lakewood continued Wednesday as public works crews returned to knock down about a half-dozen structures within the homeless encampment. (4/9/14)

LAKEWOOD - The demolition of Tent City in Lakewood continued Wednesday as public works crews returned to knock down about a half-dozen structures within the homeless encampment.

The cleanup is part of a court order to move the residents to permanent housing. Crews started knocking down vacant tents two months ago.

The founder of the encampment says this time some of the tents targeted were still being occupied at night. "They've been keeping us in the dark the whole time," says the Rev. Steve Brigham. "They haven't been letting the homeless in on when they're coming down to destroy their housing."

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Dozens of homeless people still live within Tent City and it's unclear how long Lakewood and Ocean County have to place all of them in permanent housing.

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