Inside the homeless encampment hidden in woods of this suburban N.J. town

HOWELL – On a recent unusually warm winter day, a handful of people milled about a camp site situated about a half-mile off a bustling stretch of Route 9 in Howell.

The shantytown carved out of a township-owned section of woods has all the makings of a weekend camping getaway: a pantry lined with food, a chapel set for Sunday prayers and spacious tents stocked with propane-fueled space heaters.

But for the nine people who live there through bone-chilling winter nights and scorching summer days, this is home.

Most of the residents were once working class people who fell on hard times. Some …read more

Source: Monmouth

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