Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fire at Tent City

Sherry Rubel photo: The after math of the fire. is reporting that two people were hurt but not seriously during a fire at Tent City.
Lakewood police say the fire occurred around 12:15 a.m. today at Tent City, an encampment in the woods of the Ocean County community.
In the past, fires and other issues like them, have been used to condemn the camp, but that is unfair. The need for the camp, itself, should stand as a condemnation of our economic priorities.

The Tent City Project is an artistic look at human rights issues facing residents of a homeless camp in Lakewood, NJ and its connection to the growing number of tent cities across the country. See our Facebook page for more information -- and don't forget to "Like" us.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Homeless in the cold

Authorities in Camden County have issued a "code blue" warning to its homeless population asking them to find shelter rather than risk the expected extreme temperatures.

We have entered a period of dangerous conditions for those forced to live on the streets -- or in tents, as they do in Lakewood. Government agencies need to step up to ensure that the most vulnerable have some sort of shelter, because they are the only ones with bureaucracy capable of such a large job,