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NJ’s Tent City homeless camp to get a reprieve

Local News, News | Feb 05, 2013

NJ’s Tent City homeless camp to get a reprieve

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Tent City, the homeless encampment near the Jersey shore, is getting another reprieve this week.

Lakewood town officials are backing off — for now — a plan to tear down the camp and evict its 80 or so residents from the woods near a minor league baseball stadium.

The town issued summonses to leaders of the camp last week and said they would dismantle Tent City by Wednesday if leaders don’t do it on their own.

But a lawyer for the homeless tells The Associated Press that Lakewood officials have agreed not to act on their own, at least until after a court hearing in two weeks. An agreement letting the camp remain for now, signed by both sides, will go before a judge on Wednesday.