VIDEO & PHOTOS: Illegal may be a relative term when dealing with an illegal encampment, but the Township on Friday tore down approximately 20 illegal tents at Tent City in an effort to crack down on those not willing to take part in the closing of the encampment – despite the court orders – and on those who moved in following the court order.
After the recent court order and agreement which would officially put an end to the homeless camp by finding placement for those eligible, most of the residents present at the encampments at the time of the settlement agreed to be counted, documented and ID’d – along with their structures - as officials from the Township, County and STEPS work on placement.
However, the Mayor confirms to TLS that some decided to not take part in the program. So on Friday, those who wished to remain in the camp ‘illegally’, saw that Officials mean business.
“Per our agreement, no new people are allowed to move in,” Mayor Akerman tells TLS. ”We gave notice to those who moved in after the court order that we will be tearing down their tents.”
And if new ones are built, they too will be torn down.
“We will continue to do this as long as people keep moving in,” the Mayor said. “People continue to come to Tent City from all over the Country, and it must stop – even the current residents of Tent City are not happy about some of the new arrivals.”
About one hundred others remain in the encampment. [TLS]