Lakewood, N.J. - Town Suing Homeless To Force Them Out Of Camp
Lakewood, N.J. - One New Jersey shore town has tried pleading, threatening and reasoning with a group of homeless squatters camping in the woods.
Now it's suing them.
Lakewood filed a lawsuit against dozens of squatters, aimed at forcing them to move from their encampment into temporary housing the township says it is pursuing for them.
The lawsuit calls the homeless "trespassers" who have done "irreparable harm" to public property.
It also seeks payment of attorney and cost fees, although how those fees could be collected from the indigent squatters was unclear.
Steve Brigham, a minister who deals with the homeless, says they need permanent housing.
Brigham aids poor and sick people in Toms River and Lakewood. He works to give them food, medicine and shelter.