Police and the Department of Public Works today were in Tent City to mark more tents for removal, Township officials confirm to TLS. Deputy Mayor Albert Akerman – who together with Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein has put much effort into settling the homeless encampment issue in Lakewood, says housing is currently being found for more homeless residents. Once they’re out, their tents will be ripped down.
“We’re currently in the placement stage, and we’ll be tearing down the tents of those placed,” Deputy Mayor Albert Akerman tells TLS. “We’re not chasing anybody out of their tents, unless someone moves in against the consent order,” says Akerman.
Once residents are placed, a large ‘X’ is sprayed onto the tents, marking them for removal by the Township.
In February, the Township tore down dozens of tents which were vacated by placed residents.
About 40 of the approximately 100 residents remain in the encampment, Akerman says. [TLS]