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.

The Voice of Lakewood

The Voice Of Lakewood is a local publication that has published a number of derogatory and inaccurate articles about Tent City.


New Residents Move into Tent City as Organizers Continue to Defy Court Order (pages 37-39)

Despite an agreement signed in court that requires them to deny entry to new residents, Tent City organizers continue to allow residents to move into tents at the homeless encampment. One resident, who came to Mayor Isaac Akerman to ask him for a bus ticket out, told the Mayor that a couple of people from Texas were recently allowed by the hierarchy in Tent City to move into one of the tents. Based... +

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Relevant Legalese

The Consent Order (DOWNLOAD PDF) states:

2.F - NON-SOLICITATION OF FUTURE HOMELESS Neither Minister Brigham nor the Current Residents shall solicit or take any steps to bring any new homeless individuals into Tent City, i.e. any individuals not among the Current Residents identified through the process described in this [section 2.*] (hereafter "Future Homeless").

2.G - NO REPOPULATION No new residents shall occupy Tent City and Tent City shall not be repopulated except as expressly set forth in this Consent Order, provided however, that nothing in this Consent Order shall place any obligation on any of the Current Residents to enforce this Consent Order against any other of the Current Residents or any Future Homeless. Lakewood may also seek to bar Future Homeless from Tent City by application to this Court or other lawful means.

Tent City Response


Ordinance Passed to Prevent Tent City Residents from Returning (pages 37-39):

[...] The ordinance did not pass without opposition. About 15 residents of Tent City and sympathizers who were in attendance on their behalf, VERBALLY ATTACKED the township committee prior to the passing of the law. Despite their complaints, the township passed the ordinance into law. Mayor Isaac Ackerman tells The Voice that without the ability to light open fires, there is no way for homeless... +

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