Attorney Jeff Wild, defender of people living in Tent City and a trustee for the NJ Coalition to End Homelessness wrote the following:
On Wednesday night, with the bitter cold approaching, the City of
Lakewood sent its police into Tent City and ordered the more than 80
homeless men and women shivering in the woods to shut down the
wood-burning stoves they need to survive. At least three residents were
charged under Lakewood's latest municipal ordinance for the "crime" of
being homeless and trying to survive. Those charged included Monique G., who is six-months pregnant; her boyfried William B.; and even a senior citizen, 72-year-old Phyllis H.
with your support, we obtained an emergency Temporary Restraining Order
on Friday afternoon prohibiting any effort by Lakewood to enforce the
ordinance against the lawfully protected residents of Tent City until at
least the next court hearing on December 6th. Here are links to the TV
from NBC News and the newspaper story from the Asbury Park Press:
Just during our first year of work, the Coalition provided $108,370 in grants for Rapid Rehousing (securing immediate permanent housing for the homeless), $70,000 for Homeless Prevention (help with rent or utility arrears to prevent homelessness), $28,803 for Emergency Housing (for the most desperate individuals and families), and $200,000 for those homeless due to Hurricane Sandy. We are also becoming NJ’s leading voice in Trenton and elsewhere for the homeless and law reform to end homelessness.
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