New Jersey's Poor Living in Tent Cities

Some residents moved to the encampments in Camden, N.J., and other parts of the state after falling on hard times.

A tent city in Camden, N.J. (screenshot from My9NJ)

Tent cities have sprung up in Camden, N.J., one of the poorest cities in the nation, and other parts of the state as residents struggle to make ends meet, according to My9NJ.

A chef at a nearby kitchen that feeds the poor in Camden told My9NJ that some of the people have lost their jobs and families and suffer from a range of mental and physical ailments.

Meg Baker chased the story of Camden's tent city. Residing off Route 38 at Wilson Boulevard under an overpass, through woods and down a path of trash lays a community of people living in tents.  This particular community was relocated from Federal Street and it's inhabited by an array of people: addicts, people who have fallen on hard times and some with mental illness. 

Baker took a tour of this run down community and the pictures show just how heart-wrenching this situation really is.  Among the homes are decomposing food, broken furniture, and feral cats.

When asked how long a woman had lived there, she only answered, "Too long."

Many of the people who live in the Camden tent city walk down to Cathedral Kitchen.  The chef says he feeds about a hundred people a day from the tent city.

Read more at My9NJ.

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