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Camden shuts down its tent cities
CNN Money ^ | May 14, 2014: 1:18 PM ET | Blake Ellis

Posted on 05/22/2014 8:52:21 AM PDT by Olog-hai

For Michael Powell, a 53-year-old ex-convict, his tent off the highway in Camden, N.J., is what he has called home for nearly a decade.

But on Tuesday, he and dozens of others living in homeless encampments known as “tent cities” throughout Camden were forced out—leaving many of them homeless all over again.

The eviction was conducted by the state of New Jersey, as well as Camden county and city, for health and safety reasons. […]

Amid the commotion on Tuesday, Gino Lewis, director of housing at the Camden County Improvement Authority, assured people that the county would work to find housing and services. […] But there just aren’t enough spaces in Camden’s shelters. Plus, some people living in tent cities, because of prior incarceration for certain crimes and other reasons, don’t qualify for the subsidies they need to stay in shelters. …

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: bums; camden; drugaddicts; hobos; homeless; mentallyill; obamanomics; obamaville; tentcities

1 posted on 05/22/2014 8:52:21 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

This would be huge news if a Republican was President.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 8:54:40 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Olog-hai

damned if y’do n’ damned if y’don’t.


3 posted on 05/22/2014 8:54:56 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: BenLurkin

We should call them, “Obamavilles.”


4 posted on 05/22/2014 8:55:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

They actually ARE called that by the locals, believe it or not.


5 posted on 05/22/2014 8:59:28 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: dfwgator
new housing starts photo obamaville.jpg
6 posted on 05/22/2014 8:59:44 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Olog-hai

California - South Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuQzkt5a2EU


7 posted on 05/22/2014 9:01:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: dfwgator

We will have many more tent cities before progressives are finished with us.


8 posted on 05/22/2014 9:04:55 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

why do the liberals only talk about homeless when a Republican is president?

Anecdotal evidence where I live is that there are many more panhandlers in the median strips of roads since Obama has been president.


9 posted on 05/22/2014 9:07:46 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Olog-hai

In 1930 depression days, the tent-cities were called Hoovervilles.


10 posted on 05/22/2014 9:08:12 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (Looking forward to November elections.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

The goal of leftists is to house everybody is soviet union-style 12x12 rabbit hutches in huge megalopolises. Except for priviliege party members. All human activity, except for privileged party members, outside the restricted zone will be severely punished. No cars, no motorized vehicles, certainly no guns, except for the elite party members, will be allowed. All for the good of everybody. (snicker)


11 posted on 05/22/2014 9:13:18 AM PDT by driftless2 (:-))
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To: knarf

You think they would want to kepp them there. Where else are they going to go?...Camden is the perfect place for convicts!


12 posted on 05/22/2014 9:31:26 AM PDT by gr8eman (There's no "R" in Warshington!)
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To: driftless2; All
an torpid low-class Apparachnik = privileged (establishment) party members.
..soviet union-style 12x12 rabbit hutches in huge megalopolises,
makes it easier to control (target practice) the serfs / peons.

13 posted on 05/22/2014 9:34:19 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: gr8eman
At some point, we may have to put barriers around some of our major cities and declare them prisons. Sort of like this futuristic film:

14 posted on 05/22/2014 9:46:07 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

....Maybe sooner than you think .....


15 posted on 05/22/2014 9:49:49 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: Olog-hai

Reasons we have a “homeless” problem today that really did not exist until liberals got involved.

At one time, every major city had a section of town where there were low cost hotels (referred to as flop houses). While you nor I would prefer not to stay in such a place, they were cheap (in some cases a quarter a night for a bed). They had the advantage of being out of the cold in the winter, and somewhat safer than sleeping on the street.

At one time mentally ill people that would not or could not take care of themselves were picked up and committed to an asylum, where they may or may not have gotten treated, but at least they had a bed, a roof, food and medical care.

At one time there were vagrancy laws that kept the “bums” from staying in one place too long.

All of these were done away with in the name of civil rights (never mind the civil rights of the citizen that works hard pays taxes and not commit crimes).

So 60 years after the beginning of this great social experiment how are these people better off then they were before?

Before I sound to heartless, there were many private charities to assist those that had a run of bad luck to get back on their feet.


16 posted on 05/22/2014 10:08:01 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: gr8eman

Seriously. Where are these people supposed to live? Sick and tired of the government at all levels thinking that of “the people” THEY are the only ones with power and rights.


17 posted on 05/22/2014 10:18:09 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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To: Olog-hai

Another movie the tent city brings to mind is “They Live”. Even twenty five years ago, I thought it was a plausible scenario for our society.


18 posted on 05/22/2014 10:26:20 AM PDT by DickBrannigan (When did logic become reversed, and right became wrong, and wrong became right?)
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To: Olog-hai

“Camden No. 1 again....
Camden’s overall crime rate was more than five times the national average. Its murder rate of 60.6 per 100,000 population was nearly 12 times higher.”
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/camden_flow/188927931.html#iCkz3Py9Bx8MTL90.99

“The racial makeup of the city was 17.59% (13,602) White..” Wikipedia
Only the Brave....


19 posted on 05/22/2014 10:48:04 AM PDT by BilLies (sharyl attkisson is alive and well HOORAY!!!!!)
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To: kelly4c

“Seriously. Where are these people supposed to live? Sick and tired of the government at all levels thinking that of “the people” THEY are the only ones with power and rights.”

I totally agree. If somebody wants to (or needs to) live off the grid for a while, that’s their business. I know decent people who do, or have done so, even in my own family. There is no requirement for free Americans to be a part of the white picket fence Stepford Society, with corporate jobs, home mortgages, car loans, health insurance, 401K, etc.


20 posted on 05/22/2014 11:31:25 AM PDT by RaveOn ("No amount of logic can shatter a faith consciously based on a lie." Lamar Keene, "True Believers")
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To: CIB-173RDABN

Compared to a tent city, a flop house had magnificent sanitary facilities since it had flush toilets and running water, some of it hot. Lack of even minimal sanitation is the worst, most dangerous things about these tent cities. Indeed, it’s the single most important reason for extirpating them.


21 posted on 05/22/2014 11:34:45 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: CIB-173RDABN

Trailers for sale or rent
Rooms to let...fifty cents.
No phone, no pool, no pets
I ain’t got no cigarettes
Ah, but..two hours of pushin’ broom
Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
I’m a man of means by no means
King of the road.

Third boxcar, midnight train
Destination...Bangor, Maine.
Old worn out suits and shoes,
I don’t pay no union dues,
I smoke old stogies I have found
Short, but not too big around
I’m a man of means by no means
King of the road.

I know every engineer on every train
All of their children, and all of their names
And every handout in every town
And every lock that ain’t locked
When no one’s around.

I sing,
Trailers for sale or rent
Rooms to let, fifty cents
No phone, no pool, no pets
I ain’t got no cigarettes
Ah, but, two hours of pushin’ broom
Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
I’m a man of means by no means
King of the road.

Note for you Young’uns: “Four bits” is fifty cents. Two bits, as in “Two bit whore” is a quarter; which was worth quite a bit more back in the day than it is now but not much more difficult to come by.


22 posted on 05/22/2014 11:36:07 AM PDT by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: RaveOn

There’s no problem with somebody living off the grid, provided he has adequate sanitation. Lack of adequate sanitation spells trouble for everybody else; just think of typhoid and other horrors that our ancestors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries defeated by aggressive public health measures, including requiring residences to be hooked up to proper sanitation. Bad sanitation affects everybody.


23 posted on 05/22/2014 11:40:14 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: DickBrannigan

That was a great movie.


24 posted on 05/22/2014 11:51:09 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: RaveOn

Exactly. If you own your own home and are a part of a community you must pay the local and State entities in order to support said community. Okay whatever. If you are homeless, don’t go to school or drive on the roads, get no mail delivery, don’t use the library etc. who the heck are they to drive you off the land. It’s God’s land. Jesus said the poor will always be among us. We have a mall including major stores and restaurants a few minutes up the road. In between here and there are just houses and some natural prairie land with a stream. There was recently a hotel built and there are now signs up for further development. It aggravates me because animals live there and I like some natural land. Plus I don’t want the hassle of even more traffic flow as I’m exiting the area.


25 posted on 05/24/2014 1:00:27 AM PDT by kelly4c (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2900389%2C41#help)
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