Homeless man sues, say volunteer stole his house
Douglas Hardman sits outside the teepee in which he lives in an encampment of homeless people in Lakewood N.J. on Oct. 4, 2012. Hardman is suing a volunteer with a homeless assistance program, alleging he forged a document signing over ownership of his home, which was then sold without any of the money going to him. / (AP
LAKEWOOD — A New Jersey man who once lived in a waterfront home at the Jersey shore now lives in a teepee made of plastic tarpaulins in muddy, mosquito-infested woods.
Doug Hardman is suing a volunteer with a homeless assistance program, and a real estate company, alleging they cheated him out of his Bayville home, selling it without giving him a penny.
The once successful carpenter now lives in Tent City, the encampment of homeless people in the woods of Lakewood.
His lawsuit accuses the housing director of an anti-poverty agency with forging his name on a document transferring ownership of his house. The director maintains Hardman turned over the house of his own free will.
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