With homelessness and poverty at record levels, there have been increasing reports of homeless encampments emerging in virtually every state in the country. We have seen this growing trend here in New Jersey.
The response of municipalities across the country has varied. Some have shut down camps, often arresting residents and destroying their property. Others have regularized the camps, allowing residents to build more permanent structures in place of tents. And some, commendably, have chosen to address the underlying issue – lack of housing – by helping residents access supportive housing.