Attorneys for both the Lakewood Township and the homeless of Tent City will appear before a Judge this Friday. It’s been about fourteen months since the plaintiff and defendants have been in court last,which left Lakewood with little power over the homeless encampment.
Since Judge Joseph Foster’s seemingly vague ruling in January, 2012, the encampment grew by many new residents and structures – though that was directly against a temporary settlement, officials said at numerous public meetings.
During the 2012 ruling, the Judge ruled that Lakewood and Ocean County have some sort of an obligation to care for the poor, but said he did not know if he could force Lakewood or the County to continue providing services for them. He expected both sides to come up with an agreement – something which never happened.
Since then, at least one more person died from apparent hypothermia, and several were injured from fires and violence.
In December last year, about one hundred residents who reside in the vicinity of Tent City, gathered at the Municipal building demanding action from the Township Committee.
Officials, and neighboring residents, this time round are hoping for a strong ruling in the Township’s favor to bring an end to the growing issue. TLS.