By. Xiao Ming Bao.
New Jersey – Dozens of unemployed, homeless victims of the economic crisis the United States was forced to live in tents in a forest in New Jersey. Dozens of tents in the woods makes this location nicknamed Tent City.
Quoted from page Daily Mail on Tuesday, as many as 50 people lived in tents made of tarps or a simple emergency houses made of balsa wood, some even set up a tent called the typical indian teepee.
They admitted choose to live in Tent City because of the reduction obtained assistance from churches, restaurants, and relatives due to the monetary crisis. They also do it to avoid the pitying gaze of the local community.
Burt Haut, a former hotel employee who has been a year living in a tent canvas with his wife, recounts. “We are experiencing financial crisis since three years ago, and it forced us to live in tents, in the churchyard, even behind the store. But of course we can not continue to expect help,” said 43-year-old man.
Tent City is like the city in general. The city has a mayor in charge of leading citizens. There are also a number of rules to be followed. According to the mayor of Tent City, a former pastor Steve Brigham, residents are prohibited from fighting, had to clean the lights, are willing to spend some time, and banned noisy above at 22.00.
Until now, Tent City is still in trouble with the local government law, Ocean County, who wanted to expel them from the woods of New Jersey. This community is hoping that if local government was intending to drive them, at least they were given temporary shelter. They also expect the aid lawyers who are willing to volunteer.
“Tent City is where we recover ourselves, to stand on its own feet, to return to face the world,” said Steve. He stated that Tent City residents are multiracial living is very simple with fuel-powered generators to warm water and washing dishes, as well as kept chickens are not laying hens to avoid contracting the disease.
“There are Mexicans, Poles, Irish, African-Americans, whites and others here. There were eight women, who once had a problem, but in fact their presence makes a quieter community. The struggle of life we are here to make us realize how lucky we were, living with TV and food warmed in front of us, said Steve.
Steve also admitted that expectations to motivate its citizens is not an easy matter. He founded a chapel that is very simple from balsa wood and the roof canvas. The chapel is less worthy of recognition, but he believes prayer and expectations is offered in this place can help the citizens through the toughest moments of their lives.
Tent City Residents others agreed statement of the mayor. They are grateful to live in the midst of this community. As Burt said, “It was like returning to nature and makes us aware that household items such as cars, telephones, and microwave is not all that important. What we get here is food, shelter, and water, and that’s exactly what we need.”
Bondage of debt of approximately $ 14, 4 trillion that is now wrapped around the U.S. have a bad impact on the lives of most citizens. If this problem is not resolved soon, more and more Americans are experiencing life as experienced by citizens of Tent City.
U.S. President, Barack Obama, himself is preparing a plan so that the country can escape the debt crisis. This is mainly so that the unemployed get back to work, and those who are homeless can get it back.