This is the old Web-site for the "Dillville" Tent City of Lakewood, NJ. Our camp was bulldozed by the Lakewood Township government in June 2014! This Web-site is preserved for historical reasons.
Out of 285 homeless people, 163 were staying at motels provided by social services agencies at a rate of $50 a night, totaling $8,150 for one night. In 365 days Ocean County would have spent almost $3 million. Ocean County is spending $3 million to put people in motels so they don't have to pay attention to the homeless. We can do better.
More than 4½ years later, the governmental agencies in Ocean County still don't have a more cost-effective solution to house the homeless! A lucky few get a motel room, the cost of which has stayed pretty much flat over the years at around $1500 a month. Some may get a one-bedroom apartment, the cost of which, including the utility bills, is very similar. Of course this does not include all of the overhead costs of administering a government program...
And of course not everyone has been able to receive housing benefits, with many homeless people left living on the streets...
Fortunately there's Tent City!
For the purposes of this calculation, we estimate the historical numbers of households (not individuals) in Tent City: 5 in the last four months of 2006, a yearly average of 15 in 2007, 26 in 2008, 35 in 2009, 51 in 2010, 65 in 2011, and 78 in 2012. In 2013, we're had an average of 90 households in Tent City prior to March 15th (when many jumped on-board to receive the promised "one year of free housing" from the government), making for the current estimate of 116 households.
From these numbers we arrive at the estimate of Tent City saving the tax-payers $7,000,000.00 and counting - on housing alone!
NOTE: this calculation data may be revised for accuracy.
(We hope the reader will forgive our use of up-to-the-second updates on so crude an estimate - we couldn't resist the effect...)