VIDEO: Frustrated that the ‘move out’ process is taking too long, several Tent City residents on Thursday came to the Township Committee meeting to voice their concerns.
One of the speakers, a woman, complained to the Mayor asking why the plan to move the eligible homeless to shelters has not yet come to fruition. The Mayor, who has been actively involved in the process and who is largely credited for ‘getting the ball rolling’, said the process required the coordination of many factors, and that STEPS and other officials are closer than further to bringing a full resolution.
But Minister Brigham, the founder of the encampment, took on a whole different approach during his brief address to the Committee.
“I’m saving the Township about $1 million a year,” said Brigham – calculating the amount a hotel stay would cost for 80 or so residents for a year – provided by social services. Brigham added, that he’s “sacrificing for the cause, because there’s no shelter in Ocean County, and instead of getting praise for saving them a million dollars, I get grief.”
Accoridng to the latest agreement between the parties set forth by Judge Foster, the encampent is to come to a halt by providing shelter for those eligable – for twelve months.
Additionally, the encampment was not allowed to accept more residents - a part of the agreement whiach had allegedly been broken, according to officials. [TLS]