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Toms River Tent City

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Chasing New Jersey has uncovered another tent city in the state.  This one is in Toms River and is located behind a shopping center.

The wooded area is littered with old giant cement water tubes that were once filled with homeless people who were eventually kicked out.

Now, the homeless people in the area have a newly upgraded neighborhood full of multiple people living in tents.

Residents of the Toms River tent city have powered up a generator, an outdoor kitchen with a hot plate, and even go as far as having a radio and television plugged in.

The question remains, however, how do people end up living in this situation? One resident talked about how at one point, he owned his own plumbing business and now lives off a welfare and social security check.

These tent cities are sporadic all throughout New Jersey, including eight different towns such as Toms River, Lakewood, Camden, and Union City.

The irony of these eight tent cities is that the government, in efforts to reduce the size of the homeless population, formed the Interagency Council on Homelessness but, yet, these encampments still litter the state.

Police escorted Chasing New Jersey into the Toms River tent city because of safety concerns.

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