The 80 residents of the homeless encampment voted for three “co-managers” to represent them and on by-laws and the “enforcement process” for violations to those by-laws.
“’It’s challenging,’ Rev. Steven Brigham of the Lakewood Outreach Ministry Church, founder and resident, said. ‘To make sure 80 people living in the woods with nothing that regular society uses to keep warm can get through the winter, well, it’s just challenging.’”
The encampment has been the subject of a lawsuit working to evict it and its residents and is entering its seventh winter.
And while the residents faced the effects of Sandy, said Bringham,
“’We probably fared better than most other people did. We’re used to living in the cold and dark without electricity.’”