The series of high-resolution pictures that accompany this Mail Online story (from the U.K.) about a growing tent city in New Jersey are, unfortunately, a sign of things to come as aid from the government slows in the months and years ahead.
In scenes reminiscent of the Great Depression, these are the ramshackle homes of the desperate and destitute U.S. families who have set up their own ‘Tent City’ only an hour from Manhattan.
More than 50 homeless people have joined the community within New Jersey’s forests as the economic crisis has wrecked their American dream.
And as politicians in Washington trade blows over their country’s £8.8 trillion debt, the prospect of more souls joining this rag tag group grows by the day.
Building their own tarpaulin tents, Native American teepees and makeshift balsa wood homes, every one of the Tent City residents has lost their job.
These people have been reduced to living on handouts from the local church and friendly restaurants and the community is a sad look at troubles caused as the world’s most powerful country struggles with its finances.
Based on the interviews, they are a surprisingly upbeat group given their circumstances, a renewed sense of community fostered by common financial difficulties apparently making a very unpleasant situation a bit more tolerable.