Lakewood Township removes trees to combat homelessness

A New Jersey city made the controversial resolution to chop down timber from a public sq. to discourage homeless folks from congregating within the space, in accordance with a report.

Lakewood Township made the transfer on the advice of the police division’s high quality of life unit following complaints from residents and metropolis staff of homeless folks in its city sq., the Asbury Park Press reported.

“They [homeless people] have been harassing folks, defecating between the vehicles and residents have been complaining,” Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles stated.

It’s unclear what number of complaints the township obtained.

Advocates criticized the choice to take away the timber as pointless and stated it did nothing to handle the issue of homelessness.

“Properly, in the event that they create a shelter, they create some lodging for homeless folks, (then) they didn’t have to fret about that,” Steven Brigham, a minister and head of Lakewood Outreach Ministry, advised The Press. 

“It’s extraordinarily excessive to chop down the timber. That’s not the reply,” stated Brigham.

Brigham has been working with homeless folks locally for over 20 years, the paper reported.

The city sq. timber have been chopped down on Aug. 8 and days later extra timber in an adjoining car parking zone have been additionally minimize down, Brigham stated.

Brigham based the charity group Future’s Bridge, which offers shelter, primary sources and medical care to these in want. He stated many homeless folks locally have advised him police haven’t allowed them to sleep on public properties on the town.

The mayor, who hopes the choice will make the general public sq. extra inviting for households, stated that homeless folks produce other choices for shelter.

Lakewood Mayor Raymond Coles
Lakewood Mayor Raymond Coles stated homeless folks have been harassing residents and township workers
City of Lakewood

New Jersey authorized 4,000 housing vouchers in July, only one,000 of which have been made obtainable for these experiencing homelessness.

Solely 4,000 of the 86,000 candidates — or lower than 5 % — who utilized for the rental help obtained help, according to the New Jersey Monitor.

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