They have been told to leave many times. They have been fined on several occasions.
But most of the people living in more than 30 tents in Area D of East Coast Park have refused to budge.
One claimed she was a second wife and that her husband's first wife kicked him out of the flat.
Others claimed they could not afford a new home.
When The New Paper visited the area last month and on Monday, there were more than 50 people living permanently in tents at the beach.
Several tents were empty as their occupants were out working.
Though some of the beach dwellers claimed they had no option but to stay by the beach, TNP understands it is because they have rejected help from the authorities.
The authorities have had a difficult time relocating them because many of them are content to stay by the beach, or are too ashamed to share information about their plight.
Three families tell their stories.
Mr Yazid Omar
Why he's there: Lost his job, got divorced and ex-wife kept the flat
Duration of stay: Six years
Occupation: Part-time odd-job labourer
Family: Three children, all of whom are working