New Jersey's Tent City homeless encampment closes

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Associated Press

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 30 at 9:03 PM

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A homeless encampment near the Jersey shore that came to be known as Tent City has closed after the last of its 120 occupants was placed in temporary housing.

Lakewood town officials and a lawyer who represented the camp's occupants announced its official closing on Monday, although the last occupant left last Thursday.

Tent City's former residents have been provided apartments for at least 10 months and motels for another two as part of a court-sanctioned agreement worked out between them and town officials.

The camp began in 2003 but came to the attention of Lakewood officials in 2006. Its residents devised their own bylaws and held elections to choose their own leaders.

At least five people died at the camp from fires, illness and exposure.

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