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District 5 Legislators Cruz-Perez, Spearman & Moen Applaud Decision to Award Grants to Organizations Revitalizing Camden Neighborhoods

To assist in ongoing efforts to revitalize Camden neighborhoods, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is awarding grants to several local organizations through the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) Program.

The NRTC program aims to foster the revitalization of distressed neighborhoods throughout the state. In Camden, Parkside Business & Community In Partnership (PBCIP) will be receiving a $985,000 grant, Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society will receive a $646,666 grant, Camden Lutheran Housing, Inc. (CLHI) will receive an $850,000 grant and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership will receive a $534,000 grant.

All four organizations aim to provide affordable housing, improve the safety and/or beauty of Camden, promote economic development and more. PBCIP focuses on Camden’s Parkside neighborhood, CLHI focuses on North Camden, Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society serves several communities – including East Camden and Cramer Hill – while Cooper’s Ferry Partnership focuses on different areas of the city after its initial success along the waterfront.

5th District Legislators Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez, Assemblyman William Spearman and Assemblyman Bill Moen (all D-Camden, Gloucester) issued the following joint statement applauding the grant awards:

“The DCA has chosen organizations that are doing incredible work in Camden. Community members are seeing the results of their efforts to revitalize different areas of the city by providing affordable housing, promoting the development of local businesses and jobs, and increasing the safety and beauty of our neighborhoods.

“These grants will help these organizations make an even bigger difference by funding more programs and activities to improve the city. We want to thank the Murphy Administration and DCA for prioritizing the residents of Camden, and look forward to the improvements this award will help bring about.”